NOTE TO PROVINCIAL, TERRITORIAL AND LOCAL SOCCER ORGANIZATIONS

As part of a pre-season concussion education strategy, we recommended:

1. Our players and parents/guardians should review as a minimum, the Summary section of this document, OR both the Respond and Recognize sections of this document (recommended) as part of their soccer registration process.

2. All participants in our sport should be encouraged to familiarize themselves with the entirety of our Concussion Guidelines.

Baseline (pre-season) testing of youth (<18 years)><18 years) and adult recreational athletes using any tool or combination of tools is not required for post-injury care of those who sustain a suspected or diagnosed concussion and is not recommended.

For the communication between physicians and soccer coaches, team officials and clubs we recommend using: Canada Soccer’s Concussion Assessment Report, available @ canadasoccer.com.

Generic concussion reporting letters are also available through Parachute Canada:

Generic concussion reporting Letter

 

SUMMARY

A concussion is a brain injury.

All concussions should be regarded as potentially serious.

Most concussions recover completely with correct management.

Incorrect management of a concussion can lead to further injury.

Concussions should be managed according to current guidelines.

Anyone with suspected concussion following an injury must be immediately removed from playing or training and receive a prompt assessment by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner. Concussions are managed by licensed health care professionals working within their scope of practice and expertise.

Concussions are managed by a limited period of rest followed by avoiding physical and brain activities that make concussive symptoms worse, and once concussion related symptoms have resolved, a step-wise return to school, work and sports-related activities.

Return to education or work must take priority over return to playing soccer.

Concussion symptoms must have completely resolved and documented medical clearance completed by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner must be received before resuming full contact practice or game play.

The recurrence of concussion symptoms subsequent to the return to full contact practice or game play requires removal from training or playing and reassessment.

 

 

 

FURTHER RESOURCES

WEBSITES

Concussion Awareness Training Tool: www.cattonline.com

Parachute: www.parachutecanada.org/concussion

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/headsup

Ontario Ministry of Health Concussion Resources: www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/concussions/resources.aspx

 

VIDEOS

Dr. Mike Evans Health Lab – Concussions: www.evanshealthlab.com/concussions/

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