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In December of 2012, Ohio’s Governor Kasich signed into law legislation that was passed by Ohio’s 129th General Assembly which incorporated much of what the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) regulations previously mandated for concussion prevention, recognition and management. This law, however, does add several aspects to previous OHSAA regulations and now requires action by the OHSLA. Therefore, in order to be fully compliant with this law as signed by our Governor, the OHSAA will be making modifications to their policy.

The OHSLA shall utilize the same policies/standards as the OHSAA with some additional modifications to accommodate our status outside of the OHSAA and to address compliance with our non-interscholastic members. The OHSAA modifications are set forth in these updated Concussion Regulations which were approved by the OHSAA Board of Directors on February 14, 2013. Please read these regulations which are attached and will also be published in the 2013-14 OHSAA Handbook. The regulations become fully effective on April 26, 2013.

OHSAA Concussion Regulations

Each coach is required to pass mandatory concussion awareness training.

What does all this mean? In an effort to further protect your player, we will follow the general rule of “when in doubt, sit him out”. If a player is removed from playing status due to a suspected head injury, state law now requires that he must gain a doctor’s release back to activity prior to returning to active status.

Information

Concussion fact sheet for players

Concussion fact sheet for parents

Return to play authorization form

Return to play - What coaches need to know