Information about Rock Soccer Club:
Birth Year Guidelines
(Information from MAYSA Website)
FIRST: If you are a coach or a parent who wants an excellent crash course on the issue of ‘Concussions’, please take 30 minutes to watch and participate in this CDC training video BEFORE your next soccer season. Click HERE.
start with THE FACTS from the CDC:
- A concussion is a brain injury.
- All concussions are serious.
- Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness.
- Concussions can occur in any sport.
- Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.
All youth sports have some risk associated, and MAYSA soccer is no exception. The risk of concussions, however, is a particular focus recently as research has prompted a new law in Wisconsin, mandating concussion education for coaches, athletes and their parents, and anyone associated with youth athletic activity.
Simply stated, the research now shows that concussions have the potential for more serious consequences than had previously been known. Fortunately, a remedy exists: enforced, ample time for healing, with supervision by a trained health provider. Much good information is now available on the topic, referenced below. MAYSA encourages all members to take advantage of these resources – read the pamphlets, review the documentation, take 30 minutes to take the CDC course, and encourage your friends and teammates to do the same. Soccer is a relatively safe activity for all kids, but if a concussion injury does occur (or is suspected), the proper response by all is clear: REMOVE the player from the game, and FOLLOW the guidelines for assessment and recovery.
NOTE: In Wisconsin, after a concussion, a player must now have a signed release by a medical provider as defined under Section 118.293 of the Wisconsin Statutes in order to return to play.
now, THE FAQs
- What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) —caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes your head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can literally cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. What you might not know is that these chemical changes make the brain more vulnerable to further injury. During this window of vulnerability the brain is more sensitive to any increased stress or injury, until it fully recovers.
- How do they happen in soccer?
A concussion can occur from any type of contact in soccer such as colliding with a player, a goalpost, the ground, a ball. Note that ‘heading the ball’ is less dangerous with proper technique, but young kids should not be excessively trained in heading until more is known about its effects on young brain development.
- What players are at risk?
Any age player is susceptible. More studies have been done on high school students, so we know, for instance, that by high school age, girl soccer players are diagnosed with concussions at twice the rate of boys.
But more research is needed on concussions in younger children.
- HOW can you know it’s a concussion?
A concussion can be hard to diagnose. Please see SYMPTOMS above for comprehensive lists of symptoms reported by athletes and observed by parents. Yet sometimes the only symptom is a headache. Seek attention from trained medical personnel when a concussion is suspected.