The Ohio Department of Helath has posted guidelines online for volunteers, coaches and referees so they can recognize and respond to potential brain injuries in youth sports.
The guidelines were mandated by House Bill 143, the Youth Sport Concussion Prevention law, sponsored by Rep. Sean J. O’Brien, D-Brookfield, and Rep. Michael Stinziano, D-Columbus. The law takes effect April 26.
The guidelines and safety requirements can be found here.
The law sets educational guidelines and procedures requiring removal of youth from a competition or practice if they show signs of what could be a traumatic brain injury.
The law was supported by, among others, the Ohio Public Health Association, Brain Injury Awareness Association of Ohio, and National Football League.