DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Ohio's new Return To Play law goes into effect Friday, April 26.
It's designed to protect young athletes from concussions.
The new law came about after several studies found children were suffering more concussions than once thought.
The concussions were at younger ages and the victims suffered more long term consequences from the injuries than previously thought.
The new law will apply to school sponsored and youth organizations and require coaches and referees to have specific training on concussions.
Officials will have to pull a player out of the game or practice if he or she shows any sign of a head injury.
The player will not be allowed to return to play on the same day as the suspected injury.
In fact, the effected athlete will not be permitted back in the game until a doctor has cleared the player.
Signs of a player concussion are confusion, clumsy movements, slow responses, or a loss of consciousness.
Signs to look for in a player with possible concussion symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, vision troubles, or sleep issues.
Perhaps the most shocking find from this new study is children who suffer concussions, especially those who return to physical activity too soon afterward, can have memory or attention problems up to 30 years after the injury.
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