WYSC's Concussion Policy
Warrenton Youth Sports Club (WYSC) is committed to insuring the safety and well-being of players. In order to support the safety of its players the WYSC has provided policies and guidelines to deal with concussions regarding the identification and handling of suspected concussions. All members of the WYSC will be subject to the rules and guidelines contained within this policy guidance.
Effective January 1, 2015 all travel soccer players age 10 and up are required to have an Impact Test completed.
Definition of Concussion
A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or
blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild
bump to the head can be serious. It is important that coaches are aware of the signs and symptoms of a
possible concussion and take appropriate action to ensure the well-being of any player that has
experienced a head injury.
Signs of a Concussion
Observable signs of a concussion include the following:
Appears dazed or stunned
Is confused about events
Answers questions slowly
Can’t recall events prior to hit, bump, or fall
Can recall events after a hit, bump, or fall
Loses consciousness (even briefly)
Shows behavior or personality changes
Forgets normal procedures
Symptoms that a player may report
Thinking and Remembering/Physical and Emotional
Difficulty thinking clearly Headache or pressure in Head Irritable
Difficulty Concentrating Nausea or vomiting Sad
Feeling more slowed down Balance problems or dizziness More emotional
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or Fatique Nervous
groggy Blurry or double vision
Sensitivity to light or noise
Numbness or tingling
Does not “feel right”
Sleeps less than usual
Sleeps more than usual
Has trouble falling asleep
All WYSC recreational and competitive program sports coaches, adult team managers and WYSC board members are required to complete the Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports on-line training once every year. The course completion certificate will be submitted to the WYSC Director, or his designee, upon completion. The Director will maintain these documents in WYSC records for a period of five years. All coaches will be provided concussion fact sheets for distribution, and to carry with them. All coaches should encourage the parents of their players to also complete this training. The signs of a concussion may occur after the injury and outside the notice of coaches. Parents need to be aware to monitor their child for any potential symptoms.
Returning to Play
When a head injury is suspected the player will immediately be removed from play. No athlete reporting or exhibiting any signs, symptoms, or behaviors that may be attributable to a head injury or concussion will be allowed to return to play until they have been medically cleared by a physician. Clearance must be provided to the WYSC Director in writing before a player will be allowed to resume play.
In cases where a concussion is suspected parents will be given a concussion fact sheet. This sheet will explain the signs and symptoms associated with concussions as well as WYSC’s policy requiring that a medical clearance be provided prior to the player returning to play.
Whenever there is suspicion of a head injury, the manager or coach of the team will document and report the injury to the WYSC Director, or his designee. When the player has been released to play by a physician, the parent will provide the documentation to the Director who will then notify the coach that the player is eligible to participate in practice/games.
Fact Sheets for parents and athletes...........PDF
Fact Sheet for Coaches.............PDF
Coaches Sheet to carry at games/practices..............PDF