Concussion Policy

Updated Wednesday September 16, 2015 by JoAnne Foglia.

LCSC Concussion Policy
Latham Circle Soccer Club wants to ensure that our players are provided the safest environment possible. As a result, we have constructed a policy to provide guidelines for players, coaches, and volunteers who may deal with concussion in some way.
 
Concussion
A concussion is a serious injury that should not be taken lightly. It is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can be caused by a blow or jolt to the head, or from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly.  This type of action can change the way your brain normally works.  Even a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. 
 
Unfortunately, concussions can be difficult to diagnose, in part because the symptoms can be subtle and may not show up for hours or even days.  For these reasons, it is vital that parents, coaches, and athletes take the time to: learn what a concussion is and the potential consequences, recognize concussion symptoms, know how to respond, and learn the steps for returning to activity after a concussion.  If you suspect an athlete has a concussion, keep the athlete out of play (“when in doubt, keep them out”).  The athlete should be evaluated by a medical professional experienced in evaluating concussions to assess the severity of the concussion, identify the best recovery path, and define the steps to return to play.
 
Policy
All coaches are required to register for the Concussion Awareness Statement and Training program via your LCSC family account page.  This registration will ask the registrant to take the Center for Disease Control (CDC) online training course. The course supplies a completion certificate afterwards, which can be printed or saved to your computer.  It is suggested that you do both for your records.  We also highly recommend that parents and athletes take the time to review this course. Click HERE to go to the CDC On-Line Concussion Awareness Training.
 
All Coaches (Head coaches and Assistant coaches) are required to sit a player out for the remainder of a practice or game if the player sustains a blow to the head or a jarring collision that causes the coach to suspect a possible mild or serious concussion.
 
The affected player’s coach is required to notify the parents/legal guardians of the incident. LCSC coaches are parent volunteers who, with very few exceptions, are not medically trained or certified and may not be able to identify an incident during which a player may have sustained a head or other injury.
 
The affected player’s coach is also required to inform the rec or travel program’s division coordinator of the incident.  Information that LCSC will need includes: date of the injury, date the parents/guardians were notified, how parents/guardians were notified (conversation, email, voicemail, etc.), and a brief description of the incident.
 
 
If a coach suspects a concussion and requires a player to sit out, that player will not be allowed to return to soccer until the player obtains a note from a concussion-trained medical professional (e.g. pediatrician, pediatric neurologist, etc.). The coach and/or player must inform the LCSC division coordinator that he or she received the clearance note to resume activities.