August 22, 2014

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State law on concussions in youth sports takes effect today

COLUMBUS — An Ohio law taking effect today requires coaches, volunteers and officials in youth sports organizations to have players who show concussion-like symptoms sit out games or practices until they’re checked and cleared by a doctor or licensed health care provider.

The law also requires that coaches know more about concussions and how to spot warning signs and that parents review and sign information sheets about brain injuries.

The law also prohibits student athletes from returning to games or practices the same day they’re taken out with concussion-like symptoms.

Lawmakers previously corrected a bill-writing error that inadvertently imposed criminal penalties for violating the law.