COLUMBUS, Ohio – State Rep. Michael Stinziano said he is pleased that that the Ohio Senate on Tuesday approved House Bill 143, a bill that Stinziano co-sponsored that prevents young athletes from returning to competition after they sustain a concussion unless they are cleared by a licensed medical professional.
“I’m pleased that the Ohio Senate has worked on a bipartisan basis to pass this much needed legislation,” said Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat. “We need to do all we can to support and protect our young athletes from head injuries in youth sports.”
Under the legislation, a licensed physician still must give final clearance before a young injured player is allowed to return to competition following a concussion. The measure also requires youth-sports coaches to complete a free, online concussion course developed by the state.
The legislation also requires a parent to review and sign an information sheet regarding brain injuries.
The House passed the measure earlier this year. The legislation must now return to the House for concurrence in Senate amendments.