Ohio bill would fix errors in sports safety law

Coaches and officials in Ohio's youth sports leagues could face criminal penalties for violating a new state law governing young athletes' concussions and head injuries.
Associated Press
Feb 13, 2013

But state lawmakers said Wednesday that a bill-writing error unintentionally imposes the punishments and they want to correct it.

The new law takes effect in late April. It requires coaches and referees in youth sports organizations to have players who show concussion-like symptoms sit out games or practices until they're checked and cleared by a doctor or licensed health care provider. Coaches would also need to know more about concussions and how to spot warning signs.

Two legislators have sponsored a bill aimed at removing criminal penalties for violating the requirements.

Rep. Sean O'Brien says the law is intended to promote safety, not impose punishments.

 

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Side note. From the Internet.

Reebok and mc10 have collaborated to create CheckLight, a head impact indicator meant to make it easy to see when an athlete has taken a dangerous blow to the head. The CheckLight is composed of two parts: a sensor device built by mc10 and skull-cap made by Reebok.

The sensor itself is a strip of plastic filled with flexible sensors connected to a small microcontroller module with three indicator LEDs and a micro-USB port. One LED serves as a battery level indicator, one flashes yellow after moderate impacts and a third flashes red for severe blows. mc10 wasn't willing to share the exact hardware inside, but we know that it's got a rechargeable battery and has rotational acceleration, multi-directional acceleration, impact location and impact duration sensors inide. Data from those sensors is then run through the company's proprietary algorithm to determine when to fire the LEDs. We got to chat with Isaiah Kacyvenski -- mc10's Director of Licensing and Business development and ex-NFL player -- about the CheckLight and the role it has to play in keeping athletes safe...