A concussion is an injury to the brain that may be caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head. Concussions may also happen after a fall or hit that jars the brain. A blow elsewhere on the body can cause a concussion even if an athlete does not hit his/her head directly. Concussions can range from mild to severe, and athletes can get a concussion even if they are wearing a helmet. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly.
To protect youth athletes, the State of Ohio has passed a concussion law, Bill 143. This bill is also known as the “Return to Play” law. This law, similar to the laws enacted in most other states, enforces training, safety, and awareness requirements on youth sports organizations, such as Ohio North, PTYSC, and its leagues, tournaments, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their families
All of PTYSC parents/guardians are requested to review the Concussion Information Sheet for Youth Sports, supplied by the Ohio Department of Health.
Effective for the 2019/2020 seasonal year, PTYSC has included the Concussion Information Sheet for Youth Sports and for Parents/Guardians and Athletes as part of the online player registration process for those who register their athletes with PTYSC.