CONCUSSION & RETURN TO PLAY QUICK GUIDE
Ohio’s Return-to-Play law requires that Ohio youth athletes who are suspected of sustaining a concussion, MUST be removed from practice or play. Ohio laws prohibit a child to return to play (practice or competition) on the same day that he/she is removed on suspicion of having sustained a concussion. He/she may return the following day if cleared in writing by a physician (MD or DO) or other authorized healthcare provider that he/she did not sustain a concussion.
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, OSA follows the expectations set by the State of Ohio for its leagues, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their families.
See our Concussion Training Quick Guide for the following requirements and guidelines:
- Coach Training Requirements
- Parent/Guardian & Athlete Requirements
- Removal From Play
- Return To Play
Visit Ohio Department of Health for more information.
See also U.S. Soccer’s Head & Brain Conditions for additional guidelines and resources.
OSA and its member clubs, leagues, and sanctioned tournaments will create and enforce a safe sport culture that can lower an athlete’s chance of getting a concussion and create an environment that allows them to feel comfortable in reporting symptoms of a concussion.
Additionally, they will enforce the rules of the sport for fair play, safety, and sportsmanship. Ensure that athletes always avoid unsafe actions. Explain to athletes that good sportsmanship is always expected both on and off the field.
OSA encourages everyone to talk with athletes about the importance of reporting a concussion. Athletes may not report a concussion because they don’t think symptoms are severe enough or fear losing a position on the team, letting teammates down or looking weak. OSA and its member clubs, leagues, and sanctioned tournament staff, coaches and volunteers will provide positive messaging and praise to help make athletes comfortable with the Ohio Return-to-Play law removal and return to play processes.