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Concussion Policy

Fairview Clifton Baseball takes the potential risk of concussive injuries seriously. All FCB coaches have completed the concussion training course provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations. This training partially fulfills FCB's duty under Ohio's Return to Play Law (ORC 3707.511). The law also requires that FCB provides parents with a concussion and head injury information sheet created by the Ohio Department of Health. Links to both the law and information sheet can be found below.

Ohio's Return to Play Law (ORC 3707.511):

-Requires a youth sports organization to provide to the parent or other guardian of an individual who wishes to practice for or compete in an athletic activity organized by the organization, a concussion and head injury information sheet created by the Department of Health.

-Prohibits an individual from acting as a coach or referee for a youth sports organization without successfully completing a free online training program every three years in recognizing the symptoms of concussions posted to the Ohio Department of Health’s web site or holding a pupil-activity program permit from the State Board of Education.

-The youth sports organization for which the individual intends to act as a coach or referee shall inform the individual of the
training requirements.

-Requires a coach, referee, or official of a youth sports organization to remove an athlete exhibiting signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with having sustained a concussion or head injury from practice or competition.

-Prohibits a coach, referee or official of a youth sports organization from allowing an athlete to return to play on the same day as he/she is removed.

-Prohibits a coach, referee, or official of a youth sports organization from allowing an individual to return to the practice or competition from which the individual was removed or to participate in any other practice or competition for which the coach, referee, or official is responsible until the individual has been assessed and cleared for return by a physician or by any other licensed health care provider authorized by the youth sports organization.

It is the policy of FCB to require concussion training coaches and in the event of a suspected concussion, coaches should take the following steps:
1. Remove the athlete from play.
2. Ensure that the athlete is evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.
3. Inform the athlete’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion and give them the fact sheet on concussion.
4. Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury. An athlete should only return to play with permission from a health care professional, who
is experienced in evaluating for concussion.
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