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Return To Play Concussion Laws To Change This Week

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Caroline Stevanus remembers little about the concussion she received one year ago while playing soccer that left her blacked out. 

"It was weird. It wasn't like anything I'd ever experienced before. I was really nauseous. I just had headaches. I was exhausted," said Caroline.

The Hilliard teenager says her doctor required her to stay off the field for a month. A scary incident for mom Jacquie who says the injury impacted her daughter's entire life which is why she supports the changes to Ohio law which will not allow a player with a concussion to return to the field the same day.

"You only get one brain and you have got to take care of it. So if there's a potential of a brain injury, I think it's wise to just be very cautious and sit out a game," Jacquie said.

The new law takes effect on April 26.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association reports more than 200 players who dealt with concussions at the high school level in 2012.

Under OHSAA's current policy a child could return to play on the same day if he or she received medical clearance from a doctor according to Tim Stried, Director of Information Services

Under the new rule players will not be able to return to play the same day and will still be required to get a medical okay before they can return Stried said.

The new legislation will apply to all youth sports in Ohio, not just high school players. It will also apply to practices in addition to games according to OHSAA.

Parent Scott McPherson has a teenage daughter who plays soccer and a nine-year-old son who plays basketball. McPherson says he also supports the law and worries in particular about his young son when it comes to concussions. He says it is up to adults to protect young kids.

"I think the little ones are more serious because they don't know the symptoms. An adult, they'll tell you if they have a headache but the kids, they don't know," McPherson said.

The Centers for Disease Control reports symptoms of a concussion as including nausea, dizziness and sensitivity to light as well as feeling tired.

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