The purpose of this policy is to provide easy-to-understand guidelines for dealing with players suspected to have suffered a concussion as well as return to play protocols.
KYSA recognizes the potential danger and long-term health consequences of this often difficult to diagnose form of traumatic brain injury and follows BC Soccer’s Head Injuries and Concussion Protocols:
Never Underestimate a Head Injury
Two points are important in head injuries: firstly, you may have suffered a concussion and secondly, if you have, it is equally important to determine when you can safely return to play.
A concussion is a brain injury that may affect your memory, concentration, problem-solving and more. Because you do not need to lose consciousness to suffer a concussion, it can be difficult to recognise when you have suffered this injury. Common symptoms include: confusion, headache, dizziness, nausea and unsteadiness or loss balance.
For any player that may have experienced a head injury, use this assessment tool to decide if your player potentially has a concussion: https://www.fifa.com/mm/document/footballdevelopment/medical/01/42/10/50/pocketscat2card_final_printready_e.pdf If any of the described signs or symptoms are present, the player needs to be removed from play and should seek medical attention.
Return to Play
Most concussions will heal on their own over a period of several days. During this time, the player will need to rest and abstain from activities where concentration is necessary - including text messaging, video games, watching television or learning. When the player reports that they are free of symptoms, the step-by-step guide below will take the player gradually back to play. If the player does not experience any symptoms, this process should take about a week.