Category Archives: Concussion Training

A concussion is an injury to the brain that may be caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head. Concussions may also happen after a fall or hit that jars the brain. A blow elsewhere on the body can cause a concussion even if an athlete does not hit his/her head directly. Concussions can range from mild to severe, and athletes can get a concussion even if they are wearing a helmet. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly.

Ohio Bill 143-“Return to Play” Law

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To protect youth athletes, the State of Ohio has passed a concussion law, Bill 143. This bill is also known as  the “Return to Play” law. This law, similar to the laws enacted in most other states, enforces training, safety, and awareness requirements on youth sports organizations, such as Ohio North, and its leagues, tournaments, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their families.

Ohio North is giving the following expectations to its leagues, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their parents.

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All of Ohio North’s member leagues and tournaments are responsible to monitor and track their coaches’ compliance with the concussion training requirements of the Return to Play law. The training must be renewed every three years. Leagues and tournaments must collect and maintain certificates of compliance from the coaches and may ask for evidence of compliance. At any time, Ohio North may request evidence of compliance with the training requirements and leagues must be able to produce confirmation for each coach.

All referees for Ohio North member league events and Ohio North-sponsored events must also be able to demonstrate that they have complied with the training requirements of Bill 143. Upon Ohio North’s request, referees must be able to produce evidence of compliance with the training requirement.

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