Concussion Procedure and Protocol
Concussion: a traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal brain function. Medically, a concussion is a
complex, pathophysiological event to the brain that is induced by trauma.
CONCUSSION SYMPTOMS AND MANAGEMENT AT COMPETITIONS AND TRAINING
Did a concussion occur?
Evaluate the player and note if any of the following symptoms are present:
(1) Dazed look or confusion about what happened.
(2) Memory difficulties.
(3) Neck pain, headaches, nausea, vomiting, double vision, blurriness, ringing noise or
(4) Short attention span. Can’t keep focused.
(5) Slow reaction time, slurred speech, bodily movements are lagging, fatigue, and slowly
answers questions or has difficulty answering questions.
(6) Abnormal physical and/or mental behavior.
(7) Coordination skills are behind, ex: balancing, dizziness, clumsiness, reaction time.
Is emergency treatment needed?
This would include the following scenarios:
(1) Spine or neck injury.
(2) Behavior patterns change.
(3) Loss of consciousness.
If a possible concussion occurred, but no emergency treatment is needed, what should be done now?
Focus on these areas every 5-10 min for the next 1 - 2 hours, without returning to any activities:
(4) Attention on topics, details.
Players should not re-enter competition, training, or partake in any activities for at least 24 hours. Even
if there are no symptoms after 15-20 min, activity should not be taken by the player.
A player diagnosed with a possible concussion may return to US Youth Soccer play only after release
from a licensed medical doctor specializing in concussion treatment and management.
If there is a possibility of a concussion, do the following:
(1) The attached Concussion Notification Form is to be filled out in duplicate and signed by a
team official of the player’s team.
(2) If the player is able to do so, have the player sign and date the Form. If the player is not able
to sign, note on the player’s signature line “unavailable”.
(3) If a parent of the player is present, have the parent/legal guardian sign and date the Form,
and give the parent one of the copies of the completed Form. If the parent/legal guardian is
not present, then the team official is responsible for notifying the parent/legal guardian
ASAP by phone or email and then submitting the Form to the parent/legal guardian by email
or mail. When the parent/legal guardian is not present, the team official must make a
record of how and when the parent/legal guardian was notified. The notification will
include a request for the parent/legal guardian to provide confirmation and completion of
the Concussion Notification Form whether in writing or electronically.
(4) The team official must also get the player’s pass from the referee, and attach it to the copy
of the Form retained by the team.