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A Note About Concussion Training

Attn Coaches:

The requirement to be certified for concussion training is a MINNESOTA STATE LAW.  We require this because we must, and agree that it is a good idea to have coaches understand concussions.

Please note that after completing the concussion training, a pdf certificate will be presented to you.  You must make this certificate available to us by uploading it into the below concussion registration.  

We recommend you first print this certificate at the completion of the training, then save it so you can upload it in the registration.

There have been reports of difficulty doing this with tablet devices.  Beware, you cannot access your completed certificate at the CDC website at a later date, and will have to retake the training prior to coaching if you are unable to print or save the certificate.

Concussion Training

Concussion in Sports - What You Need To Know FREE COURSE! You'll need to register and checkout with the free concussion course.

Mandatory Concussion Training for Coaches

Concussion Certification Required for ALL Coaches & Officials 

The Minnesota Legislature recently passed a "Concussion Law" which requires any municipality, business, school district or nonprofit organization that organizes a youth athletic activity and charges a fee to follow the statute's requirements, including implementing 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 (head and assistants) and officials receive concussion training and education by September 1, 2011, and then at three-year intervals thereafter.
  • 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 we recommend for coaches and officials is the online video training session developed by National Federation of High Schools with the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  This course requires registration but is free. Over 200,000 coaches and officials have already successfully completed this course. The training process involves watching a video and then successfully completing a quiz. The entire training module can be completed in a little over a half an hour and then participants will be emailed a certificate of completion and can be accessed on demand online.

  • If you do not have a completed concussion certificate from the NFHS Learning Center, then go there now and complete the training.  You should be emailed your certificate immediately AND you should be able to go to a dashboard area and download it on demand.
  • Once on the webage from the link above, if you have never had training here, you must click "Register" in the upper right of the page and create an account for yourself.
  • Then use the "Search for Courses" box, search for Concussion and find the free "Concussion in Sports".  Click on the course.
  • Select Minnesota for the state and go through the checkout process.  
  • Complete the course and get a copy of your completion certificate and return here to complete the "2017 Concussion Proof of Certification" registration.  You will be asked to upload your certificate near the bottom of this page.

The course should take about 40 minutes and there is a short quiz at the end.  It is good for three years.  Keep the certificate for future proof of completion or you will need to retake the course.