Signs & Symptons Of A Concussion

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is a brain injury that:
Is caused by a bump or blow to the head
Can change the way your brain normally works
Can occur during practices or games in any sport
Can happen even if you haven't been knocked out
Can be serious even if you've just been "dinged"

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION?
Headache or "pressure" in head
Nausea or vomiting
Balance problems or dizziness
Double or blurry vision
Bothered by light
Bothered by noise
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
Difficulty paying attention
Memory problems
Confusion
Does not "feel right"
WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW, THINKS THEY HAVE A CONCUSSION?
Tell your coaches and your parents. Never ignore a bump or blow to the head even if you feel fine. Also, tell your coach if one of your teammates might have a concussion.

Get a medical checkup. A doctor or health care professional can tell you if you have a concussion and when you are OK to return to play.

Give yourself time to get better. If you have had a concussion, your brain needs time to heal.

While your brain is still healing, you are much more likely to have a second concussion.

Second or later concussions can cause damage to your brain. It is important to rest until you get approval from a doctor or health care professional to return to play.

 
What Is Needed To Be In Compliance ?

Washington Youth Soccer Associations and Clubs

Shall adopt policies for the management of concussions in youth soccer. Shall ensure that all coaches (paid or volunteer) are educated in the nature and risk of concussions prior to the first practice/competition. This education shall include signs and symptoms of concussions. Resources for this education are available below in both English and Spanish. Shall annually require all players and the parent(s)/guardian(s) of those players to sign and return an informed consent form relating to the nature and risk of concussions. Shall ensure that any player showing signs or symptoms of concussion is removed from participation/competition immediately, and not allowed to return to play until they have written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion.Shall submit a Compliance Statement for HB 1824, Youth Sports-Head Injury Polices to the School District when using School District facilities along with proof of insurance.

COACHES:

Shall be educated as to the nature and risk of concussion including continuing to play after concussion or head injury. This education shall include signs and symptoms of concussions. Education materials are available below at no charge.Shall educate their athletes on the signs and symptoms of concussion and encourage athletes to notify a coach if they or a teammate exhibits those signs or symptoms.Shall immediately remove from participation/competition any athlete who is suspected of sustaining concussion. Shall not allow an athlete who has been removed from play because of a suspected concussion to return to play until the athlete has received written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS:

Shall annually review, sign and return to the Washington Youth Soccer Club in which their child plays for, an informed consent form on concussion prior to the youth athlete's initiating practice or competition.

ATHLETES:

Shall annually review, sign and return to the Washington Youth Soccer Club in which they play for, an informed consent sheet on concussion prior to initiating practice or competition. Athletes are encouraged to notify a coach if they or a teammate exhibit signs or symptoms of a concussion.

What licensed health care providers are trained in the evaluation and treatment of concussion and authorized to allow the athlete to return to play?

Licensed Health Care Providers

Medical Doctors (MD)

Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

Physicians Assistant (PA)

Licensed Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC)

Research is currently being done to determine which other licensed health care providers may have sufficient training to qualify to authorize return to play. Washington Youth Soccer will update Associations, Clubs and www.WashingtonYouthSoccer.org

 
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness

The safety of our players is paramount to Washington Youth Soccer. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for youth athletes, with as many as 1 in 250 youth athletes having a heart disorder that may increase the risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

On July 24, 2015, a new State of Washington law regarding sudden cardiac arrest awareness will go into effect. SB 5083 - referred to as the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness Act - was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor with the intent of making youth athletes, their families, and coaches aware of sudden cardiac arrest.

Click here for more information: Washington Youth Soccer

 
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