CONCUSSION POLICY
Must be read by all parents and participants

What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

How Can I Help Keep My Children or Teens Safe?
Help create a culture of safety for the team. Work with their coach to teach ways to lower the chances of getting a concussion.  Emphasize the importance of reporting concussions and taking time to recover from one.

Ensure that they follow their coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
Tell your children or teens that you expect them to practice good sportsmanship at all times.                

How Can I Spot a Possible Concussion?
Children and teens who show one or more of the signs and symptoms listed below. 

Signs Observed by Parents:

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall


Symptoms Reported by Children and Teens

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision
  • Bothered by light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Confusion, or concentration or memory problems
  • Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”


Talk with your children and teens about concussion. Tell them to report their concussion symptoms to you and their coach right away. Some children and teens think concussions aren’t serious or worry that if they report a concussion they will lose their position on the team or look weak. Remind them that it’s better to miss one game than the whole season.


More information about concussion:  www.cdc.gov/headsup

1.  Avoid ‘coaching’ from the sideline while watching your child’s game
A common problem in youth soccer is the impulse parents have to shout instructions to their young player from the sideline.  Conflicts with the instruction from the coach. 


“Another thing about yelling instructions is that the tone a parent yells with is typically a lot more aggressive than the coach,” “The coach is instructing with a teaching mentality. ‘This is what we have to do to improve. 

2.  Do not criticize the referee 
This is an epidemic, and spectators should realize that referees are people and will make mistakes.  When parents go after a referee for what they perceive as a mistake, it begins to make the game about the adults rather than the kids.

3.  Focus on the benefits of the game rather than the score
Parents are naturally from an older generation in which there was a larger focus on the result of a game. While it’s natural for everyone to want to win, parents need to keep the focus on the larger picture.

“It’s a natural instinct to want to win.  Coaches talk about the development process, and losing is part of that process. If your team always wins, their mentality won’t be able to handle setbacks. It’s a big part of a child’s development.”

4.  Think when interacting with opposing fans
“This is one that should be common sense. Grown adults should be able to go and enjoy their child’s experience without having any confrontation, ” We always say, ‘Don’t forget, you’re not just representing the club, you’re representing your child. The way you’re acting right now — if you could see yourself through the eyes of your child, what would you think of yourself? Why are you making a public spectacle over a soccer game? Are you proud of what you’re doing right now? Would you allow your child to act like this?’”

5.  Don’t stress out over the game
Do you find yourself pacing up and down the sideline — anxiously following the action as it unfolds on the field? Stop it.  Breathe.


PARENTS IMPORTANT INFORMATION

1. Evite 'entrenar' desde la area de los padres mientras mira el juego de su hijo
Un problema común en el fútbol juvenil es el impulso que los padres tienen para gritar instrucciones a sus hijos desde desde afuera duranto los partidos.  Entra en conflicto con las instrucciones del entrenador. 

"Otra cosa sobre las instrucciones para gritar es que el tono con el que un padre grita es típicamente mucho más agresivo que el entrenador", "El entrenador está instruyendo con una mentalidad de enseñanza. 'Esto es lo que tenemos que hacer para mejorar.   


2. No criticar al árbitro
Esta es una epidemia, y los espectadores deben darse cuenta de que los árbitros son personas y cometerán errores.  Cuando los padres persiguen a un árbitro por lo que perciben como un error, comienza a hacer el juego sobre los adultos en lugar de los niños.

3. Enfóquese en los beneficios del juego en lugar del gane
Los padres son, naturalmente, de una generación anterior en la que había un mayor enfoque en el resultado de un juego. Si bien es natural que todos quieran ganar, los padres necesitan mantenerse enfocados en una imagen más amplia.

"Es un instinto natural querer ganar.  Los entrenadores hablan sobre el proceso de desarrollo, y perder es parte de ese proceso. Si tu equipo siempre gana, su mentalidad no podrá manejar los reveses. Es una gran parte del desarrollo de un niño ".

4. Piensa cuando interactúas con fanáticos contrarios

"Este es uno que debería ser de sentido común". Los adultos mayores deberían ir y disfrutar de la experiencia de su hijo sin tener confrontación alguna: "Siempre decimos: 'No olvides que no solo estás representando al club, sino que estás representando a tu hijo'.  La forma en que estás actuando en este momento: si pudieras verte a través de los ojos de tu hijo, ¿qué pensarías de ti? ¿Por qué estás haciendo un espectáculo público sobre un juego de fútbol? ¿Estás orgulloso de lo que estás haciendo en este momento? ¿Permitirías que tu hijo actuara así? '"

5. No te estreses por el juego
¿Se encuentra caminando de un lado a otro de la línea lateral, siguiendo ansiosamente la acción mientras se desarrolla en el campo? Para.  Respirar.