Concussion Education (Athens Youth Hockey Association | Athens Ohio | Bird Arena)

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The Ohio Revised Code 3313.539 or 3314.03 requires that all youth sports organizations educate participants and their families about the risk of concussion and enforce return-to-play policies. Please review the information below, even if you have already received this information as a result of participation in another sport.


State of Ohio concussion education web page

If a player is involved in a situation or activity that a coach or official believes may carry a risk of concussion, the player will be removed from activity in order to be observed for symptoms of concussion.

If a player shows symptoms of concussion, the player must be removed from play. The player is not permitted to return to play until a written clearance is received by the coach and by the Athens Youth Hockey Association Registrar. Clearance must be from a Physician (M.D. or D.O.) or a Diplomate in either Chiropractic Neurology or Chiropractic Sports Medicine or a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician or other licensed health care professional working in coordination or consultation with a physician (M.D. or D.O.) A copy of the clearance will be kept in the team binder. Symptoms can first be apparent well after the player leaves the rink. Parents are responsible for notifying the coach and providing return-to-play clearance even if the symptoms were observed or the injury was sustained in a non-hockey activity during the season.

USA Hockey rule changes and coaching recommendations are intended to reduce the incidence of concussions in youth ice hockey. Review the information on Safety Education and Heads Up Hockey.
USA Hockey Safety Education page  

Concussion is a possibility in all sports, including ice hockey.  The risk cannot be eliminated; it can be reduced.  
(1) Enforce listening to coaches in practice and games, to learn proper technique and to avoid risky situations that arise from horseplay.
(2) Enforce listening to referees and playing within the rules, many of which are there for safety.
(3) Encourage your player to develop overall fitness. Participation in other sports, off-ice training for agility and flexibility, and body-weight exercises to develop strength are all appropriate. (Weight training is generally not recommended below high school.)
(4) Enforce the wearing of proper equipment.
Mouthguards are required for all youth hockey players on the ice. Mouthguards reduce the occurence and severity of injuries to teeth, jaws, and the face. Many people believe that mouthguards also reduce the occurence and severity of concussions, although there is no conclusive evidence for this. Your player needs a properly-fitted mouthguard, which should be replaced if deformed by chewing.
Helmets with a current certification sticker are required for all youth hockey players on the ice. Helmets prevent injuries to the face and skull. Virginia Tech has begun rating helmets using laboratory tests intended to simulate events that might result in concussion during play, but a correlation between ratings and actual risk has not been proven.

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