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The State of Ohio has passed a concussion law, commonly called the “Return to Play” law. This law, similar to laws enacted in most other states, imposes training, safety, and awareness requirements on youth sports organizations,  coaches, referees, and players 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 laws enacted by the State of Ohio, CYSA is instituting new expectations of its coaches, referees, and players and their families.

All coaches, both head and assistant coaches, must complete the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Concussion in Sports FREE online course. Once completed, a certificate of completion must be printed and submitted to CYSA. No person will be allowed to coach without having submitted a certification.

Click HERE to view the Ohio's Return-to-Play Law Requirements for Youth Sports. This document includes information on the NFHS online course. It also describes what every coach and referee must know and their responsibilities when coaching.

Parents and players also play an important role in recognizing symptoms of concussions. The Ohio Department of Health has released an informational sheet that outlines the symptoms of concussions and the steps required for a player to return to play. Click HERE to view the ODH Concussion Information sheet.