Concussions

Concussions & Head Injuries

Concussions can occur while participating in any sport or recreational activity. It is important that all coaches, parents and athletes are aware of the signs and symptoms, as well as what action to take if a concussion occurs. Never underestimate a head injury. Always think of concussions and watch for them. As outlined in the following document from BC Soccer, the safest approach is: “WHEN IN DOUBT, KEEP THEM OUT.” Please read this document and familiarize yourself with the recommendations:

https://www.bcsoccer.net/files/ArticleDocuments/Concussion%20Policy.pdf

Team officials and parents should familiarize themselves with the following Child Concussion Assessment Tools:
A short touchline assessment called the “Pocket Scat” entails symptoms, questions and a balance test. Download the “Pocket Scat”:

https://www.bcsoccer.net/files/Coach/SoccerScience/concussion-recognition-tool.pdf

In addition, the Club highly recommends that coaches and managers take advantage of the NCCP’s Making Head Way Concussion e-Learning Series.
http://www.coach.ca/concussion-awareness-s16361

This is the learning tool newly introduced for this topic:
http://ppc.cattonline.com/coaches/learning-tool/#introduction

The modules are free for a limited time and we recommend that coaches and managers take advantage of this opportunity.  The modules cover:
a)    What to do to prevent concussions
b)    How to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion
c)    What to do when you suspect an athlete has a concussion
d)    How to ensure athletes return to play safely

Players under 18 years of age who have been diagnosed with a concussion must provide written evidence of medical clearance to the team’s coach and North Vancouver FC before returning to play, practice, or conditioning activities with the team.

Concussions can occur while participating in any sport or recreational activity. It is important that all coaches, parents and athletes are aware of the signs and symptoms, as well as what action to take if a concussion occurs.