Concussions

NMSA recognizes the potential danger and long-term health consequences of this often difficult to diagnose form of traumatic brain injury. The policy is intended to provide easy-to-understand guidelines related to players who have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having a concussion. The policy is for coaches, parents, and players, but is to be shared with any other adults or participants in NMSA . At NMSA, we want to ensure our players are provided the safest environment possible. As such, NMSA is incorporating a Concussion Policy to educate NMSA members about concussions, help prevent concussions from occurring, and identify when a concussion may have taken place.

The NMSA policy is driven by the Minnesota Concussion Law, which applies to any municipality, business, or nonprofit organization that organizes youth athletic activity in which an activity fee is charged.  Compliance with the law includes:

  1. ALL participating coaches must receive training on concussion symptoms. (Certification is valid for a 3‐year period, after which, you must take the training again and obtain a new certificate of completion.).  Individuals completing the online test should be able to provide certificate acknowledging the completion of the training. A link to the training video is below

https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html

2.     Players who exhibit symptoms of possible concussion during any activity (practice, game, tryout) must be removed from participation immediately.  Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

    • Brief loss of consciousness after the injury

    • Memory problems

    • Confusion

    • Drowsiness or feeling sluggish

    • Dizziness

    • Double vision or blurred vision

    • Headache

Error on the side of caution - ‘When in doubt, take the player out.’

3.     If a player is removed from participation due to symptoms, and a concussion is confirmed, the player cannot resume participation without being evaluated by and obtaining written consent from a medical physician.

4.     Players should resume participation on a gradual basis, and must continue to be monitored with the goal of returning to full participation at their own pace.  No player or concussion is exactly the same.

When a parent registers their player, they agree to the following: “If my child is diagnosed with a concussion during a North Metro Soccer Association activity or during any other activity, including those outside NMSA, or if my player has a prior head injury, I will inform my child’s coach of such diagnosis prior to the start of the season or before my child returns to play.

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