OHIO'S YOUTH CONCUSSION LAW
GRADUATED RETURN TO PLAY PROTOCAL
Ohio Youth Sports Concussion and Head Injury Guidelines Committee
Ohio Department of Health Concussion Information Sheet
Online Concussion Management Training
Ohio’s Return to Play Law: Frequently Asked Questions
Ohio’s Return to Play Law: What Coaches and Referees Need to Know
Ohio’s Return to Play Law: What Parent/Guardians Need to Know
Additional Concussion Resources
Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS).
PCS is a set of symptoms that may continue for weeks, months, or a year or more after a concussion – a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Second Impact Syndrome (SIS)
SIS occurs when a second blow to the head happens before an athlete has completely recovered from a concussion. This second impact causes the brain to swell, possibly resulting in brain damage, paralysis, and even death. PCS can occur after a second impact. PCS can result in permanent, long-term concussion symptoms. The risk of SIS and PCS is the reason why no athlete should be allowed to participate in any physical activity before they are cleared by a qualified health care professional. Recovery A concussion can affect school, work, and sports. Along with coaches and teachers, the school nurse, athletic trainer, employer, and other school administrators should be aware of the athlete’s injury and their roles in helping the child recover. During the recovery time after a concussion, physical and mental rest are required. A concussion upsets the way the brain normally works and causes it to work longer and harder to complete even simple tasks. Activities that require concentration and focus may make symptoms worse and cause the brain to heal slower. Studies show that children’s brains take several weeks to heal following a concussion. www.healthyohioprogram.com