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Youth Evangelization and Discipleship Contact:

Brad Bursa
Director
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100 E. Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202-2193
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2741
Fax: (513) 421-1582

Archdiocesan Youth Athletics Initiative: Concussions

Important Concussion Information

Concussions youth Sports

Ohio Department of Health Webpage for Youth Concussions

For the following links, you can download the respective document located on the right side of the page on the ODH website. 

Ohio Department of Health Concussion Information Sheet

Ohio’s Return to Play Law: Frequently Asked Questions

Ohio’s Return to Play Law: What Coaches and Referees Need to Know – Youth Sports

Ohio’s Return to Play Law: What Coaches and Referees Need to Know – School Sports

Ohio’s Return to Play Law: What Parent/Guardians Need to Know – Youth Sports

Ohio’s Return to Play Law: What Parent/Guardians Need to Know – School Sports


Online Concussions Management Training:  In Ohio, individuals are not allowed to serve as a coach or referee for a youth sports organization, whether volunteer or paid, without: successfully completing, every three years, a program that trains in recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions and head injuries provided by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) – OR – holding a Pupil Activity Permit (PAP) from the Ohio Department of Education.

There are three free online concussion training programs available that are recognized by the ODH.   Two are offered by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Only one free approved course, however, has a tracking feature. The course offered by the National Federation of State HS Assocations (NFHS) allows individuals and organizations to search for an track coaches who have completed the course.  The search function allows for searches by date, name, state, city or school. Below is a direct link to that course:

Click here for more information from the Ohio Department of Health