NOTE TO PROVINCIAL,
TERRITORIAL AND LOCAL SOCCER ORGANIZATIONS
As part of a pre-season concussion education strategy, we
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
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
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
Concussions should be managed according to current
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
The recurrence of concussion symptoms subsequent to the
return to full contact practice or game play requires removal from training or
playing and reassessment.
Concussion Awareness Training Tool: www.cattonline.com
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
Dr. Mike Evans Health Lab – Concussions: