Community Education Events
Education programs will be provided to help coaches and parents develop an understanding of sports related injuries. Specifically, programs will be provided for high school coaches to help them meet the state requirement. Educational materials will be developed for parents and coaches to help them understand basic first aide.
Ohio's Return-to-Play Law
Ohio’s return-to-play law for athletes with concussion will take effect on April 26th, 2013. This law requires the following for all youth coaches and referees:
- Requires a youth sports organization to provide to the parent or other guardian of an individual who wishes to practice for or compete in an athletic activity organized by the organization, a concussion and head injury information sheet created by the Department of Health.
- Prohibits an individual from acting as a coach or referee for a youth sports organization without successfully completing a free online training program every three years in recognizing the symptoms of concussions posted to the Ohio Department of Health’s web site or holding a pupil-activity program permit from the State Board of Education.
- The youth sports organization for which the individual intends to act as a coach or referee shall inform the individual of the training requirements. Requires a coach, referee, or official of a youth sports organization to remove an athlete exhibiting signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with having sustained a concussion or head injury from practice or competition.
- Prohibits a coach, referee or official of a youth sports organization from allowing an athlete to return to play on the same day as he/she is removed.
- Prohibits a coach, referee, or official of a youth sports organization from allowing an individual to return to the practice or competition from which the individual was removed or to participate in any other practice or competition for which the coach, referee, or official is responsible until the individual has been assessed and cleared for return by a physician or by any other licensed health care provider authorized by the youth sports organization.