Concussion Requirements for ALL Coaches and Asst. Coaches

This is a reminder to all coaches and asst. coaches. You are required every three years to take the online course on concussions before you can coach in the GWAC. See information below.

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 Associations (NFHS) allows individuals and organizations to search for and 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:

National Federation of State HS Associations (NFHS) –  Concussions in Sports: What You Need to Know

Click here for more information from the Ohio Department of Health

Each individual school is responsible for ensuring that their coaches have been certified in concussion training before registering them as coaches in the GWAC.