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The Ohio Return to Play law goes into effect Friday. The new regulation mandates that all coaches, volunteers and referees take a certified training course in how to recognize the systems of a concussion.
The training classes are approved by the Ohio Department of Health and are available online. The program focuses on how to recognize when a player has suffered a head injury and when to take them out of the game. The law also states that a player must be medically cleared to return to play and it cannot be in the same game or day.
State Representative Sean O’Brien, D-Brookfield, co-sponsored the legislation.
“It’s an important trend that’s going on across the country that we’re seeing with youth sports injuries and brain concussions, and with a lot of the science coming back showing how traumatic these brain injuries are, especially in youth, and they’re not showing up until much later in life,” said O’Brien. “Down the road, loss of memory, onset of brain disease much sooner in life than would normally happen and just degeneration of the brain.”
The law has received support from a number of health organizations including Akron Children’s Hospital as well as the National Football League.
For more information on the Return to Play law and guidelines for parents, click here.