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Ohio law on training and identifying concussions takes effect
Rules apply to coaches in youth and school sports, but carry no penalties
by WKSU's IDA LIESZKOVSZKY


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A new Ohio law aimed at protecting student athletes after they’ve received a concussion goes into effect today. StateImpact Ohio’s Ida Lieszkovszky has this report on the new concussion awareness law.
LIESZKOVSZKY: Concussion law begins

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Last fall, of the more than 46,000 high school football players in the state, 175 were pulled out of games because they got concussions. Of those, 14 were cleared and sent back into play.

Under the new law, coaches aren’t allowed to send those kids back into the game.

They also must take a less-than-an hour-long online course on concussions before they can get their coaching certificates.

Warns the video: "It’s your responsibility as a coach to help recognize, and make the call to pull an athlete off the field, ice or court if you think that athlete might have a concussion.”

And the law says parents must sign release forms saying they’ve received information about concussions.

Tim Stried with the Ohio High School Athletic Association says concussions can’t be prevented, but coaches can be better educated about what to do when they inevitably happen.

“It gives a little more weight behind the education that the coaches need to have and also stressing the dangers of it. I think any medical professional will tell you that multiple concussions sustained by a student athlete in a short amount of time that could be fatal.”

The law applies to anyone working with young athletes, not just school coaches. There are no repercussions for not following the law. Still, supporters say it’s a step in the right direction. Most other states already have similar laws in places.

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