Concussion Awareness

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

Health care professionals may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious.

0A new georgia law which takes effect this year demands that the parents of every player is made awware of teh posibilities and the consequences of concussions. To help with that, FCYSL has put together information and links so you can get the information you need. Click on the bold words below to get the forms mentioned.

Fayette County Parks & Recreation Concussion Awareness Sheet
This is the most important sheet for concussion awareness. Each parent is required to read this. Part of the release that you sign when you register states that you have read this, so plaes make sure that you have!
Georgia Soccer Risk Management Guidelines
Instead of re-inventing the wheel, here are links to the forms provided to us by Georgia Soccer.

Youth Concussion Policy
This is the Georgia Soccer policy on concussions

Youth Program Concussion Procedure and Protocol
Guidelines on how concussions and possible concussions should be handled. This is written for Georgia Soccer events, but is a good guide for all coaches to keep handy.

Notification of Possible Concussion & Return to Play Autorization
Once the league has been made aware that a player has had a possible concussion, these forms need to be filled out. One is to make sure that the parents are aware that their child may have had a concussion and the otehr is for the parents to acknowledge tha tthey are aware of it and understand the possible consequences. Coaches need to keep these forms with them, sicne they are the most likely to be the first person aware that a concussion may have occurred.

CDC Heads Up Concussion Fact Sheet
A simple infoprmation sheet, similar to the one from FCP&R which gives the basic informatiuon about concussions.
CDC Concussion Site
This is the most informative web site on concussions. Apart from the information given, the CDC offers free online concussion awareness classes.