House Approves Concussions Bill Correction

May 16, 2013

The Ohio House has approved a Senate-passed bill correcting a new state law that inadvertently allows coaches and referees in youth sports leagues to be criminally prosecuted for violating rules regarding players' head injuries.

The new law requires coaches, volunteers and officials in youth sports organizations to have players who show concussion-like symptoms sit out games or practices until they're checked and cleared by a doctor or licensed health care provider. Coaches are also required to know more about concussions.The Ohio Department of Health says it isn't aware of any criminal charges filed since the law took effect April 26th.