If a concussion is suspected, get it checked out by a doctor immediately.
Do Not Wait.
Concussion Awareness in Soccer
What is a concussion? A concussion occurs from a mild blow to the head, either with or without loss of consciousness and can lead to temporary cognitive symptoms.
Unfortunately, concussions are very common. More than 3 million US cases are documented each year.
The Good News is that a concussion is usually diagnosable and treatable by a medical professional.
Common signs of concussion may include dizziness, nausea, headache, light sensitivity, confusion, lack of coordination, memory loss, vomiting, ringing in the ears, sleepiness, and excessive fatigue. Please visit your healthcare professional if you suspect your child has a concussion.
Is there a Cure for a concussion? There's no specific cure for concussion. The best medicine for a concussion is Brain Rest. Rest and restricting activities allow the brain to recover. If your doctor prescribes Brain Rest, this means one should temporarily avoid sports, no school work, video games, TV, headphones, talking and too much socializing. Medications for headache pain or anti-nausea medications may also be prescribed by your doctor.
Manchester North Soccer League takes your child's safety seriously and complies with U.S. Soccer's Concussion Initiative including:
If a player is suspected to have a head injury the referee is instructed to stop play to allow for treatment/evaluation as needed.
If the player leaves the field of play for additional evaluation, a substitution can be made in that moment. The player with the suspected head injury may not return to the game unless a Health Care Professional has cleared the player in writing.
Any coach or parent insisting on returning the player to the game without approved clearance may result in the referee ending the game.