By CELESTE BOTT
Capital News Service
LANSING – Michigan will soon require K-12 schools to create awareness programs to educate coaches, parents and athletes on the perils of sports concussions. Meanwhile, the effort to raise awareness about the signs, symptoms and consequences of concussions is growing statewide. A concussion is a serious brain injury caused by a blow to the head. It often happens to participants in sports or other recreational activities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), emergency rooms in the U.S treat an estimated 173,285 children and adolescents for concussion injuries each year.