Effective April 26, 2013 the State of Ohio's return-to-play law (ORC 3707.511) creates new and special attention for dealing with possible concussion injuries. If you want to see the full report, please click on http://www.healthyohioprogram.org/concussion. While this specifically applies to OHSAA programs, the leagues we participate in, CYO and GCYL, are following this policy. Here are the key points:
All coaches and league officials have been certified through one of the online courses approved by the state policy
Your coach may pull your child from a practice or game if a concussion is suspected. Also, a referee may pull your child from a game if a concussion is suspected
If removed, your child cannot return to play, including practice, until cleared by a physician, or a health professional supervised by a physician (nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or athletic trainer). You will need to give your coach a copy of the note.
We appreciate your understanding as we all get used to this new reality, which at it's core has the best intentions for our children.