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 LEBL, ALTBA, and its leagues, tournaments, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their families.
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.
As a result of this legislation, the Avon Lake Travel Basketball Association (ALTBA) is in the process of coming up with a plan to provide education for coaches, parents and players on concussions. As ALTBA's plan becomes established there will be more information provided.
In the meantime, all interested persons are encouraged to view the following sites so that we can all respond together to minimize the risk for our children from a possible concussion.
- ODH- Ohio Dept of Health Concussion Information Sheet
- "What You Need to Know"- Additional Online Course- CDC- "Heads Up, Concussion in Youth Sport"