Ohio Concussion Law
In order to protect young athletes, the State of Ohio has passed a law regarding concussions in youth sports, 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, like SportsPleX, and its referees, coaches, and athletes and their families.
A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. A concussion 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. a concussion 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, SportsPleX is instituting the following policy that is applicable to all players, their parents/guardians, coaches, and referees who participate in any sports activity at SportsPleX.
SportsPleX will make available a digital copy of the Ohio Department of Health Concussion Sheet for Youth Organizations, to all individual registrants under the age of 19 at the time of registration, that must be acknowledged by either a Parent or Legal Guardian in order to participate in any activity. For Youth Team Registrations each player will be required to have a Parent or Legal Guardian acknowledge a digital copy of the “Ohio Department of Health Concussion Sheet for Youth Organizations” before that player is permitted to join the teams roster. The Coach of said team will not allow any player to participate until the player has been added to the digital roster at SportsPleX. Information on how to register a player on the Team Roster will be emailed to the person responsible for registering the team. Teams that play with unrostered players will forfeit any games in which that player plays. SportsPleX will make available digitally on the SportsPleX website www.splex.com Ohio’s Return to Play Law: “What Coaches & Referees need to Know – Youth Sports Organizations” to all coaches and referees participating in any SportsPleX activity.