In order to protect young athletes, the State of Ohio has passed a law (Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3707.511 and 3707.52) regarding concussions in youth sports, commonly called the “Return to Play” law. This law imposes training, safety, and awareness requirements on youth sports organizations and its coaches, referees, officials, athletes and their families.
A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. They may be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. 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.
Because of the significant health concern posed by the risk of concussions, and because of the Return to Play law enacted by the State of Ohio, Beavercreek Youth Softball Association (BYSA) will comply with the following:
Information for Parents, Guardians, and Coaches:
BYSA will provide the Youth Sports Concussion Information Sheet prepared by the Ohio Department of Health (ORC 3707.52), to the parent or other guardian of each participant who wishes to practice for or compete in the BYSA. (ORC 3707.511 (B)). This information must be provided yearly. BYSA must be able to produce evidence of compliance with this obligation.
Ohio’s Return to Play law features three key rules that its leagues, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their families must abide by:
Rule One: Coaches, referees, or officials must remove from play an athlete exhibiting the signs and symptoms of a concussion during practice or a game. (ORC 3707.511 (D)(1).)
The athlete cannot return to play on the same day that he or she is removed after exhibiting symptoms of a concussion. (ORC 3707.511 (E)(1).
Rule Three: The athlete is not permitted to return to play until he or she has been assessed by a physician or licensed health care provider approved by the youth sports organization and received written clearance. (ORC 3707.511 (E)(1).)
Online Concussion Management Training
Per ORC 3707.52 as enacted by Ohio HB 143 of the 129th General Assembly, ODH is required to post free training programs that train coaches and referees in recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions and head injuries.
The following free online trainings have been approved by the Ohio Department of Health for coaches and referees:
National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports - What you Need to Know:
(This free on-line course is available through the NFHS. You will need to click the “order here” button and complete a brief registration form to take the course.) Follow these steps to complete the course:
Click on the button that says, please login to order. In the window that appears, click Register Now.
When your registration is complete you may "order" the free concussion course offered along the left hand side of the page. Continue following prompts. Although it may look like you'll be charged for the course, there is no cost.
Once you've completed "checkout," you'll be able to take the free online course.
When you've completed and passed the course, you have the option of printing a certificate of completion.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports On-Line Training Program
PLEASE NOTE: Both courses offer a “certificate of completion” upon successful passage. The NFHS course allows organizations to search for and track coaches who have completed the course while the CDC course does not.
Umpires need to take the NFHS version--to me it seemed a little more in detail about spotting what could be indicators of a concussion.
Coaches can take either one--I think the CDC version is a little shorter and does not require all the sign-in requirements of the NFHS web site.
All this is FREE-- the NFHS website seems to lead one to think there is a $10 charge but later it says no charge. I think the web site is a lot more quirky. It took me a couple tries to figure out one step in particular.