All Volunteer Coaches must Complete and Submit CDC Concussion Online Training prior to your first game. See Coach’s Corner page for more information
Concussion SafetyA concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
Did You Know?
- Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness
- Athletes who have, at any point in their lives, had a concussion have an increased risk for another concussion.
- Young children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Athletes who experience one or more of the signs or symptoms listed below after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body may have a concussion.
- Appears dazed or stunned
- Is confused about assignment or position
- Forgets an instruction
- Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
- Moves clumsily
- Answers questions slowly
- Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
- Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
- Can’t recall events after hit or fall
Symptoms Reported by Athlete
- Headache or “pressure” in head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
- Concentration or memory problems
- Just not “feeling right” or is “feeling down”
If you suspect that an athlete has a concussion, you should take the following four steps:
- Remove the athlete from play.
- Ensure that the athlete is evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion. Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.
- Inform the athlete’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion and give them the CDC fact sheet for parents on concussion.
- Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says they are symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play.
Additional AYSO Procedures
- Complete AYSO Incident Report
- Refer parents to the AYSO/CDC Information sheet and SAI information available at AYSO.org
- Obtain signed AYSO Participation Release from Parent/Guardian prior to return to play
- Obtain a Medical Release if required by State Law
- Give all signed forms to your AYSO Safety Director
Concussions affect people differently. While most athletes with a concussion recover quickly and fully, some will have symptoms that last for days, or even weeks. A more serious concussion can last for months or longer.
IT’S BETTER TO MISS ONE GAME THAN THE WHOLE SEASON.