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Ohio's Return-to-Play Law: What Coaches & Referees Need to Know –

Youth Sports Organizations

(Non-school sports) 


Training In Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion


Starting April 26, 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 (


2) a training program authorized and required by an organization that regulates interscholastic conferences or events.


Sports-related concussion in high school sports can be serious or even life-threatening situations if not managed correctly. National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have teamed up to provide information and resources to help educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. Mick Koester M.D., ATC, Chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Director of the Slocum Sports Concussion in Eugene, Oregon takes you through this course. In this course you will understand the impact sports-related concussion can have on your players, how to recognize a suspected concussion, the proper protocols to manage a suspected concussion, and steps to help your player return to play safely after experiencing a concussion.


Click here to transfer to the Concussion Training Website

This link will direct coaches to where they will need to register & take the free online course to get certified per the Ohio return to Play law (concussions).


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