DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - A new law is now in effect in Ohio that protects young athletes.
The Return to Play law requires that parents sign a waiver before a child is allowed to participate in any sport that could result in a concussion.
The parents must fully understand the risks of concussion in their child's chosen sport.
"These kids are at a much greater risk of having long term academic social and other kinds of problems," said Dr. Daniel Lacey, Pediatric Neologist, Dayton Children's Medical Center.
Symptoms of concussion include confusion, trouble with balance and problems answering simple questions. You also do not have to lose consciousness to have a serious head injury.
The new law also requires the child to be pulled from play if they take a hard hit.
The child won't be allowed back on the field until cleared by a doctor or healthcare provider.
"They cannot be assessed by someone on the sideline who says they had a concussion and are fine and go back and play, no they are done for the day," said Dr. Lacey.
Coaches and referees are also now required to take online evaluations about the effects of concussions before stepping out onto the field.
Ohio is one of the last states to create a concussion law.
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