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Summary of HB 143 and HB 487
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Ohio Youth Sports Concussion and Head Injury Guidelines Committee

Summary of Ohio's Return to Play Law


HB 143: Physicians and licensed health care professionals acting in consultation with a physician can make return to play decisions.


HB 143 (Stinziano, O’Brien, 129th GA) – Governor Kasich signed legislation in December 2012 establishing requirements related to youth sports concussions. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) was required to develop a concussion information sheet and post links to concussion training for coaches and referees on our website. Under the law, youth may only return to play if assessed by a physician or a licensed health care professional acting in consultation with a physician.


HB 487: Language establishing a concussion committee is signed into law and final authority is given to licensing boards.


HB 487 (Brenner, 130th GA) - The Senate added language to the Mid-Biennium Review (MBR) bill requiring ODH to establish a concussion committee tasked with developing guidelines related to youth sports concussions. The new law was signed in June 2014 and specifies that individual licensing boards will determine whether their licensees may assess and clear youth athletes for return to play. If the boards permit their licensees, the boards shall adopt rules equal to or more stringent than the committee's guidelines.


In accordance with Ohio’s new youth sports concussion law and through provisions established in O.R.C. 3707.521 (effective September 17, 2014), the Director of Health is required to establish a committee regarding concussions and head injuries sustained by athletes participating in interscholastic youth sports activities. The concussion committee is tasked with developing guidelines related to youth sports concussions. 


The new law specifies that no later than one hundred eighty days after its effective date, the committee shall develop and publish guidelines addressing issues with regard to athletes exhibiting signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with having sustained a concussion or head injury while participating in an interscholastic athletic event or an athletic activity organized by a youth sports organization. 


The Committee’s guidelines must specifically outline the diagnosis and treatment of concussions; the conditions under which an athlete may be granted clearance to return to practice or competition; and the minimum education requirements necessary to qualify a physician or licensed health care professional to assess and clear an athlete for return to practice or competition.  


The appointees to the committee are as follows:

  •          Jason P. Dapore, D.O., representing sports medicine
  •          Eric D. Griffin, D.C., representing a chiropractor with a background in neurology
  •          Richard Hodges, Director of the Ohio Department of Health
  •          William A. Ramsey, D.C., representing a chiropractor in sports medicine
  •          Kim G. Rothermel, M.D., representing the State Medical Board of Ohio
  •          Andrew N. Russman, D.O., representing a physician who practices as a neurologist
  •          Brian S. Wilson, D.C., representing the State Chiropractic Board

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