Concussion Information

Hello Total Soccer players, coaches and parents,

At Total Sports Complex we strive to continue to provide, not only the best product we can, but a friendly and safe environment for you and your family to play and train. Over the past few years concussions and the diagnosis of concussions have been much more prevalent. We here at Total Sports Complex are taking measures to make sure that we stay current with recognizing possible concussions and symptoms of a concussion. All of Total Sport Complex’s management has been certified by the Center of Disease Control’s Heads Up Concussion training.

We also encourage all of our coaches, whether coaching a house team, recreational team or travel team, to take 30 minutes out of your day and go through the tutorial that the Center for Disease Control offers as well. The simple online course can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/training/

Again, we are trying to provide a fun and safe environment for you and/or your family and would like you all to be as educated as possible. We thank you for all the time you spend at one, or many, of our complexes and for your continued supports of all our programs.

 

Sincerely,

Your Total Sports Complex Management team

 

Player Concussion Form

 

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury or trauma caused by a hit or blow to the head. Concussions can range from mild to severe and can occur even if the athlete doesn’t lose consciousness. If untreated, concussions in youth athletes can change the way their brain works and can lead to long-term developmental problems including permanent brain damage.

Symptoms and Signs of a possible concussion in youth players:

  • Blurry, fuzzy, or double vision
  • Sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Headaches
  • Concentration problems or memory loss
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Balance and dexterity problems or dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Vomiting or weak stomach
  • General confusion

Recommended Return to Play Procedures/Tips:

  • If a player is suspected of having a concussion, they NEED to seek medical attention immediately.
  • Youth participants should be kept out of all athletic activities (including practice) when a concussion is suspected/diagnosed. While the brain is healing from a trauma, athletes are significantly more likely to receive a second concussion if they begin athletic activity too soon.
  • Keep possibly concussed athletes away from any cognitive activities that require concentration or intense focus. Activities such as video games, computer work, cell phone games, lengthy TV watching, should be all avoided.
  • Do not give any medication to an athlete who is suspected of having a concussion unless it was previously prescribed or authorized by a physician after the trauma.