**Ohio’s return-to-play law came into effect on April 19, 2013**
Return to Play
- The student athlete cannot return to play, practice or training on the same day that the player is removed.
- Under Ohio law (ORC 3313.539 and ORC 3707.511), a physician must provide WRITTEN clearance for an athlete to return to play. Physicians (M.D. or D.O.) and Diplomates in either Chiropractic Neurology or Chiropractic Sports Medicine and Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians who are listed in the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP) Concussion Registry will be considered able to meet the recommended standards of care and are able to independently clear youth athletes to return to play. All other licensed healthcare professionals must work in coordination or consultation with a physician (M.D. or D.O.), as written in HB 143.
It is important to bring written clearance to SPY Coach even if concussion incident happen outside the SPY Swimming environment such as at school, other sports, or accident
SPY's Approach to Concussions:
1.) Athletes who are suspected of sustaining a concussion, MUST be removed from practice.
2.) SPY will foloow the Ohio laws which 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.
3.) Athlete may return the following day if cleared in writing by a physician (MD or DO) or other authorized healthcare provider that they did not sustain a concussion.
For More Information
Ohio Department of Health - Ohio’s Return to Play Law: http://www.healthy.ohio.gov/vipp/child/returntoplay/concussion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Heads Up in Youth Sports: http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/index.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Returning to School after a Concussion: www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/schools.html