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 Green Lacrosse Club, and its leagues, tournaments, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their families.
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.
Starting April 26th, 2013, Ohio law (ORC 3707.511) requires a youth sports organization to provide this sheet to the parent or guardian of an individual who wishes to practice for or compete in an athletic activity organized by the organization.
Green Lacrosse Club is giving the following expectations to its leagues, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their parents.
Important Information and Forms
Ohio Department of Health Concussion Information Sheet For Youth Sports Organizations
Ohio's Return-to-Play Law: What a Parent/Guardian Needs to Know – Youth Sports Organizations
Ohio's Return-to-Play Law: What Coaches & Referees Need to Know – Youth Sports Organizations
Ohio's Return to Play Law – Frequently Asked Questions
Ohio Department of Health "Return to Play" website
Ohio Department of Health, Violence and Injury Prevention Program - Sports/Recreation Traumatic Brain Injuries
Ohio Legislative Service Commission HB 143 Bill Analysis