Heads Up: Concussion Awareness in Youth Sports

“Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports” is an initiative offering information about concussions—a type of traumatic brain injury—to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports.  The “Heads Up” initiative provides vital information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a suspected concussion to help ensure the health and safety of our young athletes.

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head that can change the way your brain normally works.  Even what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.  As many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions are estimated to occur in the United States each year. 

Minnesota recently passed a "Concussion Law" which requires all public and private athletic associations to implement concussion training and education to improve player safety and establish safe return-to-play policies for athletes who sustain a concussion. 

The law mandates that ALL coaches, sport directors and officials receive concussion training and education immediately, and then at three-year intervals thereafter. Per the law, coaches must remove an athlete from activity if they exhibit signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion and/or are suspected of sustaining a concussion. The law also requires a doctor's signature to return to play if an athlete is removed due to a concussion or is showing signs or symptoms of a concussion.

The concussion education for coaches and directors is an online video training session developed by the CDC. Follow the registration link below to the coach training module. Parents and athletes do not have to complete the training but will have access to additional concussion awareness and educational information via our website. 

If you are a coach or an assistant, you are required to complete the CDC's training module by start of the season.  The coach-training process involves watching a few short videos and then completing a brief, interactive quiz at the end of each segment. The entire training module will take about 45 minutes to complete.  After completing the test, participants are offered the opportunity to print out a Certificate of Completion.  You should use a screen capture to save the certificate on their desktop or print and scan the certificate to create a digital file. Certificates of Completion must be uploaded at the end of the registration process. 

  1. Complete the online training before the start of the season.
  2. Screen capture or print and scan your Certificate of Completion and upload after completing the form linked at the bottom of the page during registration.


Want to know more about recognizing the symptoms? Use the resources on this page or the visit the links below.


Concussion Awareness Training is valid for three years from the date of the initial test

After Completing the HEADS UP Concussion Training

Complete the registration form below to upload your certificate.  Certification must be completed every 3 years.