New Ohio Law Requires Additional Concussion Awareness Training for Coaches
Release date: 4/26/2013
COLUMBUS, OH – More than 16,000 coaches will be required to have concussion training before they can receive their three-year pupil activity permit as House Bill 143, voted into law (ORC 3707.52) in December of 2012, becomes effective today.
“It is important that the adults who are directly involved with the coaching and teaching of students are familiar with the symptoms of a concussion so they can recognize when a child is injured and get them the help and provide the protection they need, “ said Richard A. Ross, Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Pupil activity permits are required for all individuals who are directing, supervising or coaching a program in the schools of Ohio involving athletics, routine or regular physical activity, or health and safety considerations, whether it is done on a paid or volunteer basis.
Beginning April 26, anyone applying for a new or renewal pupil activity (coaching) permit must complete specific training on recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions and head injuries as well as brain injury management.
Either of two online training courses listed on the Ohio Department of Health’s Concussion in Youth Sports webpage will satisfy this requirement. Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know offered by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program and Heads Up – Concussion in Youth Sports Online Training Program are both free and take an hour or less to complete. For more information on the training, visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website by clicking here.
A certificate of completion may be printed out upon successful completion of either training. Applicants should submit a copy of the certificate with the pupil activity permit application.
For more information about obtaining a pupil activity permit, visit the Ohio Department of Education website by clicking here.