New law requires additional concussion-awareness training for coaches seeking pupil activity permits

Beginning April 26, recently passed return-to-play legislation requires any applicant for a new or renewal pupil activity (coaching) permit from the Ohio Department of Education to complete specific training on recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions and head injuries as well as brain injury management.

Either of two online training courses listed on the Ohio Department of Health’s Concussion in Youth Sports web page will satisfy this requirement. Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know offered by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program Heads Up – Concussion in Youth Sports Online Training Program are both free and take an hour or less to complete.

A certificate of completion may be printed out upon successful completion of either training. An applicant should submit a copy of the certificate with the pupil activity permit application.