As we discussed at our January meeting, the Ohio legislature was cooking up a new law that would require ALL coaches of youth sports to comply with. House Bill 143.
**Ohio’s return-to-play law goes into effect on April 26th, 2013**
Coaches/Referees – Youth Sports Organizations – Updated 2.6.13
Ohio's Return-to-Play Law: What Coaches & Referees Need to Know – Youth Sports Organizations
Training In Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
Starting April 26th, 2013, individuals are not allowed to serve as a coach or referee for a youth sports organization, whether volunteer or paid, without:
1) successfully completing, every three years, an online training program in recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions and head injuries provided by the Ohio Department of Health
2) holding a Pupil Activity Permit (PAP) from the Ohio Department of Education.
For those who current hold a Pupil Activity Permit: Starting April 26th, 2013, in order to renew their permit (every three years), coaches with a current PAP will be required to present evidence that they have successfully completed:
1) a training program in recognizing the symptoms of concussions and head injuries that is linked on the Department of Health's web site (www.healthyohioprogram.org/concussion)
2) a training program authorized and required by an organization that regulates interscholastic conferences or events.
The Ohio Department of Health has approved the following free online trainings for coaches and referees:
National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports
For those interested you can visit www.nfhslearn.com for the free concusion training as well as a free course on heat acclimatization and heat illness prevention.