Concussions are a major topic of discussion in today’s sports. We want to share with you our plan to educate all of our coaches, parents and players.
As a club, we follow the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) concussion program.
The CDC has a wealth of information on concussions that we will share with players, parents and coaches. Working together, we can identify a concussion when it happens and assist the injured player promptly and properly.
At the end of this message, you will find links to CDC resources, if you wish to learn more about their program or concussions in general.
Here are a few fast facts about concussions from the CDC:
- A concussion is a brain injury and ALL are serious.
- Concussions can happen in ANY sport or physical activity.
- Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
- Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.
In addition to these facts, we want to add that erring on the side of caution is a must. A player’s health is too important to risk it. Therefore, if a coach suspects a player may have a concussion, the coach will hold that player out for the remainder of the game or practice, notify the parents that they suspect the player may have a concussion and advise the family to seek medical attention. The player will not be permitted to return to the field until the parent provides the coach with a note from the player’s physician clearing the player to play. Our referees have also been instructed to err on the side of caution if they suspect a player may have suffered a concussion.
A person is not “tough”, brave or smart for ignoring concussion symptoms and continuing to play.
Beginning in 2015, ALL San Ramon FC coaches at EACH level (competitive, select & recreational) will be required to complete a 30 minute concussion course produced by the CDC.
- Our competitive coaches are required to complete the course before the start of the spring season in March.
- Our select & recreational coaches are required to complete the course before their teams start training in the summer.
- We will also offer a group showing of the 30 minute concussion video, which coaches can attend instead of completing the course online.
This season we will distribute soccer-specific concussion information to each family. The information is designed to educate players and parents about concussions.
We recommend that parents have a health care professional conduct a “baseline” concussion test for any child 10 or older. This test should be done before the start of the season. With the results on file, a doctor can use them as a point of comparison to help assess the severity of a head injury.
We know your child’s health is extremely important to you. It is important to us too. If you have any questions now or during the season, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our General Manager, Andy Mittler, is available to answer questions about our concussion policy. You can reach him by phone at 925-876-6924 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDC Concussion Resources