OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
4080 ROSELEA PLACE, COLUMBUS, OH 43214
All OHSAA Contest Officials and Directors of Development for Officiating
FROM: Dr. Dan Ross, Commissioner
FROM: Dr. Dan Ross, Commissioner
Updated Concussion Regulations in Response to House Bill 143 for 2013-14
February 14, 2013
you for all that you do and have been doing to insure that all current OHSAA and
NFHS rules regarding the prevention, recognition and management of concussions
and head injuries are being observed and fully implemented. For the last
two years, the OHSAA has been at the forefront of the rules writing and
education process to respond to this critical health issue that can have a
devastating impact on our student athletes. We will continue that mission
to protect our students and all those who work in the interscholastic athletics
arena, including all OHSAA contest officials.
the leading role that the Ohio High School Athletic Association has played in
the area of developing policies concerning concussion prevention, recognition
and management, in December of 2012, Ohio’s Governor Kasich signed into law
legislation that was passed by Ohio’s 129th General Assembly which
incorporated much of what the OHSAA regulations previously mandated. This
law, however, does add several aspects to previous OHSAA regulations.
Therefore, in order to be fully compliant with this law as signed by our
Governor, modifications have been made to OHSAA policy. These
modifications are set forth in these updated Concussion
which were approved by the Board of Directors on February 14, 2013. Please
click here http://www.ohsaa.org/medicine/Concussions/ConcussionRegulations.pdf
to read these regulations which will also be published in the 2013-14 OHSAA
regulations become fully effective on April 26, 2013.
mandate that all contest
have either a Pupil
Activity Program/Coaching Permit
(PAP) or show
evidence of completion
of either the NFHS
or CDC concussion course.
When an individual takes a concussion course, the individual can print a
certificate of completion. We are recommending that all officials carry this
information with them while officiating beginning
on April 26, 2013 of this spring sports season until the end of this school
After that, it is the intention of the OHSAA to require each official upon
renewal or new registration of the officiating license to verify that he or she
possesses this educational component. We are also recommending that
the site manager at all contests this spring beginning April 26, 2013 check for
this component. We understand that some officials may have already taken
one of the concussion courses and failed to retain evidence of completion.
In such cases, we are recommending that the official retake the course and
insure that the certificate of completion is printed and retained.
change in the Return
to Play (RTP) Protocol
any student who has been removed from a practice or a competition by a coach or
to return to that practice or competition on
that same day.
RTP will be permitted thereafter (meaning no earlier than the next day) only
with written authorization by a physician,
either an M.D. or D.O. If a Board of Education or other governing board
wishes to authorize another licensed health care provider such as an athletic
trainer, to perform this authorization, the provider must be acting in
consultation with a physician (M.D. or D.O), pursuant to a referral from a
physician, in collaboration with a physician, or under the supervision of a
parents and students must review and sign the Ohio Department of Health’s
“Concussion Information Sheet.”
Concussion education is part of the mandatory curriculum (Bylaw
3-4-1) for preseason meetings at each member school. It is
recommended that schools present this Concussion
to parents and students at the spring preseason meetings and at all meetings
thereafter. In addition, we strongly encourage all parents and students to
take one or both of the concussion courses. The OHSAA Preseason DVD, also
covers this topic, and the new sports regulations provide additional resources
on this topic.
OHSAA has now updated its Preparticipation
Physical Evaluation Form for 2013-14.
There have been no substantive changes to pages 1-5, but the page six
consent form has been revised to reflect this new concussion law.
Also, imbedded as a link on our Sports Medicine Page will be the Department of
Health’s Concussion Information Sheet that can be downloaded from the same
location on the OHSAA sports medicine page.
take some time to review this information, and feel free to contact our staff if
you have questions.
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