CLEVELAND -- On April 26, the rules of the game will change in order to better protect Ohio's young athletes.
The new Return-To-Play law affects all school-related sports and youth sports organizations that organize athletic activities in which the students are no more than 19 and required to pay a fee to participate or whose cost to participate is sponsored by a business or nonprofit organization.
The most important parts of the law:
- Require parents to sign consent forms that educate them about concussions before their child can compete.
- Requires coach or referee to remove athlete showing signs and symptoms of concussion from either practice or competition.
- Prohibits athlete to return to sport the same day they were removed.
- Prohibits coach or referee from allowing athlete to return to practice or competition until they've been assessed and cleared by a physician or licensed healthcare provider authorized by school.
- Requires new training requirements for coaches and referees.
- Prohibits an individual from acting as a coach or referee for a youth sport organization without successfully completing a free online traning program every three years in recognizing the symptoms of concussions.
The Ohio Department of Health has information for parents, coaches, trainers, athletes and referees. Click HERE