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Concussions & Youth Sports - Ohio HB143

The Ohio Stingrays want to bring an important issue to the attention of teams participating in Ohio Stingrays Showcase Events because it affects the safety and well-being of the athletes - concussions in youth sports. Ohio has passed legislation, Ohio House Bill 143, which went into effect on April 26, 2013 that defines prohibitions and requirements for "Youth Sports Organizations" in dealing with the recognition of and the management thereafter of athletes that have sustained a concussion. After consulting with legal counsel, it is the opinion of the Ohio Stingrays that Ohio Stingrays Showcase Events can be defined as a "Youth Sports Organization" in and of themselves for their respective playing weekends:

"Youth Sports Organization" - public or nonpublic entities (Ohio Stingrays) that organize athletic activities (Ohio Stingrays Showcase Events) in which athletes are not more than 19 years old and are required to pay a fee (team entry fee) to participate in the athletic activity. In essence then, each of our guest teams is a member of the Ohio Stingrays Showcase Events "Youth Sports Organization" for the July 10-12, 2015 and October 17-18, 2015 weekends.

A requirement of Ohio HB 143 that must be met is distribution of the Ohio Department of Health Concussion Information Sheet to the parent or other guardian of an individual who wishes to compete in our athletic activity. Youth Sports Organization Concussion Form - ODH Revised 3 can be downloaded below. This same form will be included with the information packet that coaches will receive when they check in at Ohio Stingrays Showcase Events - they will need to distribute it to their families at the events.

As a member of Ohio Stingrays Showcase Events "Youth Sports Organization", each head coach is required to successfully complete an on-line concussion training program. When you complete this on-line program, you can print out your completion certificate. Each head coach must produce a copy of their certificate for the Ohio Stingrays to keep on file when they check-in at the Showcases. The on-line concussion training program is free. It will start off with (5) multiple choice questions to test your knowledge of concussions. There will be approximately a 20 minute audio/visual educational presentation dealing with concussions in youth sports. After the presentation, you will be asked the same (5) multiple choice questions that you were asked in the beginning. This on-line training program can be accessed at:

http://nfhslearn.com/courses/38000 

This free on-line course is available through the NFHS. You will need to click the "order here" button and complete a brief registration form to take the course. Follow these steps to complete the course:

1. Click on the button that says, please log in to order. In the window that appears. click Register Now.
2. When your registration is complete you may "order" the free concussion course offered along the left hand side of the page. Continue following prompts. Although it may look like you'll be charged for the course, there is no cost.
3. Once you have completed "checkout", you will be able to take the free on-line course.
4. When you have completed and passed the course, you can print out your certificate of completion.

As a member of Ohio Stingrays Showcase Events "Youth Sports Organization", each umpire is required to successfully complete the same on-line concussion training program above. The Ohio Stingrays will work with the relevant sanctioning bodies to insure all of our umpires will have their certificate on file at the Showcases.

As a member of Ohio Stingrays Showcase Events "Youth Sports Organization", each site manager (Ohio Stingrays official) is required to successfully complete the same on-line concussion training program above. Our site manager's certificates will be on file at the Showcases.

OK, so now that each head coach, each umpire, and each Ohio Stingrays official (site manager) has successfully completed the on-line training program, what happens on the Showcase weekends? It is the responsibility of each head coach, or umpire, or official to remove from competition an athlete exhibiting the signs and symptoms of a concussion as detailed in the Youth Sports Organization Form - ODH Revised 3 at the bottom of this page:

Appears dazed or stunned
Is confused about assignment or position
Forgets plays
Is unsure of game, score or opponent
Moves clumsily
Answers questions slowly
Loses consciousness (even briefly)
Shows behavior or personality changes (irritability, sadness, nervousness, feeling more emotional)
Can't recall events before or after hit or fall
Nausea or vomitting
Balance problems or dizziness
Double or blurry vision
Sensitivity to light and/or noise
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
Concentration or memory problems
Confusion
Does not "feel right"
Trouble falling asleep
Sleeping more or less than usual

In response to this, the Ohio Stingrays will have a licensed athletic trainer stationed at Ohio State and at Pickerington. If a coach, or umpire, or official witnesses an event to cause suspicion of a concussion to an athlete, then call in the athletic trainer to examine the athlete. The athletic trainer will then make the decision if the athlete can return to play or will need to see a physician for further evaluation. You will be given instructions on contacting our athletic trainers in your information packet that you will receive when you check in at the Showcases.

Frequently Asked Questions Updated 2513 New, Return to Play - What Coaches Need to Know, and Return to Play - What Parents-Guardians Need to Know files can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
 
You can learn more about concussions in youth sports at http://www.healthy.ohio.gov/vipp/concussion.aspx 

You can read Ohio HB 143 at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_143

Thanks very much for your time and patience in cooperating with our Ohio Stingrays Showcase Events "Youth Sports Organization"!

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