A concussion is a serious injury and should not be taken lightly. It is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), that can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. They can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly. Even a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Unfortunately, concussions can be difficult to diagnose, in part because the symptoms can be subtle and may not show up for hours or even days. For these reasons, it is key that parents, coaches and athletes take time to understand what concussions are and their potential consequences, recognize concussion signs and symptoms, know how to respond, and learn the steps for returning to activity after a concussion. If you suspect an athlete has a concussion, keep the athlete out of play (when in doubt, keep them out). The athlete must be evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating concussions to assess the severity of the concussion, the path to recovery and the steps to return to play.
Wellesley United Soccer Club Concussion Policy (adopted 9/10/2012)
At WUSC, we want to ensure our players are provided the safest environment possible. As a result, we are instituting a concussion policy to help provide guidelines related to players who have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having a concussion.
“Coaches” means all volunteer Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches
Qualified medical professional means a professional with expertise on concussion for example: pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, and sports medicine specialists who have been certified by the state to provide care for patients with concussion or post-concussive symptoms.
Resources and Links
The CDC website is an outstanding resource. Here are some helpful links:
How Can I Recognize a Possible Concussion - http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/sports/recognize.html
What Should I do If a Concussion Occurs - http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/sports/response.html
Quick Fact Sheet for Athletes to Help Them Recognize Symptoms - http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/athletes_Eng.pdf
Online Training Course for Coaches (highly recommended) - http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html