Concussion Awareness in Youth Sports
Concussions in Youth Sports (including Soccer) is a problem we all need to be aware of. As parents and coaches, there are specific things we should be attentive to. Here are some useful resources:
The Center for Disease Control has issued a number of FACT SHEETS:
The Center for Disease Control has a short online training:
AYSO has launched a Concussion Task Force to develop recommendations for AYSO Regions and families.
After an accident...
Your first responsibility is to insure that the player is safe and receives medical care if needed. If an injury does occur, even if you just "heard" about the injury from a parent or another player, a few steps are very important:
Call for help, in needed. Please program the SM Police Department into your cell phone. Calling them directly at 650-522-7700 connects your cell phone directly to the police just as dialing 911 from home does.
Coaches must have the team's Medical Release Forms at all practices and games. If you want to make a second copy for your assistant, please make sure that the parents sign the copies. Many hospitals are unable to treat injuries that are not life-threatening without a medical release.
Contact our Safety Director by Email if you suspect there has been a serious injury
Please fill out a Kids Zone Feedback report. Please include everything you can - who, what, when, why, where, weather, etc. This will be distributed to San Mateo/Region 36 administrators and coordinators as appropriate.
Your coach must fill out the AYSO Incident Report Form. This will be sent to the AYSO National Office. Mail the signed form to:
Region 36 Safety Director, 54 Burbank Ave., San Mateo CA 94403
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