What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury or trauma caused by a hit or blow to the head. Concussions can range from mild to severe and can occur even if the athlete doesn't lose consciousness. If untreated, concussions in youth athletes can change the way their brain works and can lead to long-term developmental problems including permanent brain damage.

Symptoms and Signs of a possible concussion in youth players:

  • Blurry, fuzzy, or double visionConcusisonPic
  • Sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Headaches
  • Concentration problems or memory lose
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Balance and dexterity problems or dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Vomiting or weak stomach
  • General confusion

Recommended Return to Play Procedures/Tips:

If a player is suspected of having a concussion, they NEED to seek medical attention immediately.

  • Youth participants should be kept out of all athletic activities (including practice) when a concussion is suspected/diagnosed. While the brain is healing from a trauma, athletes are significantly more likely to receive a second concussion if they begin athletic activity too soon.
  • Keep possibly concussed athletes away from any cognitive activities that require concentration or intense focus. Activities such as video games, computer work, cell phone games, lengthy TV watching, should be all avoided.
  • Do not give any medication to an athlete who is suspected of having a concussion unless it was previously prescribed or authorized by a physician after the trauma.
  • The State of Michigan, US Youth Soccer, and MSYSA mandate that no youth athlete be permitted to return to competition (games or practice) until they are cleared by a physician.

Required Materials For MSYSA Member Leagues

More Information and Helpful Links:

US Youth Soccer Concussion Management Presentation

US Youth Soccer Concussion Procedure and Protocol

US Youth Soccer Concussion Notification Form

Concussion Fact Sheet for Coaches- CDC

Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents- CDC

Concussion Fact Sheet for Players- CDC

A quiz for coaches, players and parents regarding concussions

Coaches Clipboard Facts for Concussions

Information courtesy of the Michigan Department of Community Health, the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and US Youth Soccer