Concussion Awareness

House Bill 143 Goes Into Effect April 26, 2013

Updated Wednesday February 27, 2013 by Amherst Youth Soccer Association.

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 AYSA. 

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.  

AYSA is committed to protecting the young athletes that particiapte on our fields each spring and fall.  All of our coaches and assistant coaches are REQUIRED to complete a training course on concussion awareness, and we are required to give ALL parents a concussion information sheet.  Information on both can be found in the sub-menu's FOR PARENTS and FOR COACHES along the sidebar of this website.  Both pages include resources about the 'Return To Play' law and how it affects you and your family.

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