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Ohio Return-to-Play Law Training Materials and Concussion Information Sheets Now

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Trainings and Fact Sheets Posted to Ohio Department of Health’s Concussion Web Site

(COLUMBUS) Online trainings and concussion information sheets required under Ohio’s new return to play concussion law (HB 143) are now available on the Ohio Department of Health’s web site: www.healthyohioprogram.org/concussion.aspx.

Under the new law, ODH is required to post online trainings for coaches and referees as well a concussion information fact sheet for parents and athletes. In addition to required materials, ODH has also developed a frequently asked questions document, fact sheets for coaches and parents and posted additional resources on concussions in youth sports.

“Approximately 3,000 Ohio youth aged 18 and younger are treated in emergency departments on average each year for sports-related traumatic brain injuries,” said Mary Solomon, DO of the Pediatric Sports Medicine Program at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. “This new law is critically important to protect young Ohio athletes from serious and potentially permanent harm. We encourage parents, coaches, and administrators of school and community-based sports programs to learn more about the new law by visiting the ODH web site and educating themselves about concussion prevention and how to respond to potential head injuries.”

Ohio’s return to play law is intended to protect the brains of young athletes by promoting the recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur in order to prevent further injury or even death. In addition to new training requirements for coaches and referees, the law requires any young athlete participating in school or organized recreational sports to be removed from practice or play if they are suspected of sustaining a concussion. The athlete is then prohibited from returning to practice or play until they have written clearance from an authorized health care provider.

The law goes into effect April 26, 2013.

Local resources for parents, coaches and schools interested in protecting young athletes from sports-related traumatic brain injuries are available from the Pediatric Sports Medicine team at the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Visit www.RainbowBabies.org/concussion for more information.

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