Youth Sports Safety

Safety for all participants is very important in the programs offered by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. Below is information on Lindsay’s Law and Concussions. All parents must read/watch all the information on this page.


Lindsay’s Law is about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in youth athletes. This law went into effect in 2017. SCA is the leading cause of death in student athletes 19 years of age or younger. SCA occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. This cuts off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. SCA is fatal if not treated immediately.

Lindsay’s Law Information

Lindsay’s Law Video

Linday’s Law Signature Form


A concussion is an injury to the brain that may be caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head. Concussions may also happen after a fall or hit that jars the brain. A blow elsewhere on the body can cause a concussion even if an athlete does not hit his/her head directly. Concussions can range from mild to severe, and athletes can get a concussion even if they are wearing a helmet.

Ohio Department of Health Concussion Information

Return to Play Medical Clearance Form