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Concussion Policy

AYSO and the CDC on Concussion Recognition and Action

All Coaches and Referees must take the online Concussion Awareness Training and actively apply the guidelines at training and games.

The CDC has issued a warning and process regarding concussion in youth sports, regardless of the sport. Michigan now requires notification and review of concussion detection and follow-up, for parents and players involved in youth sports. Additionally, coaches and referees must take the online concussion course, the AYSO CDC Concussion Awareness training.
Here's the link to the official AYSO Concussion policy.
Here is the link to a PDF file of the Concussion Awareness Form.

In recognition of the serious long-term potential for harm caused by concussion, and the heightened susceptibility to concussion by younger players, Kentwood AYSO policy ban's heading of the ball at U10 and under for instructional players. This policy continues. Referees are asked to treat an act of heading the ball by Instructional U7 to U10 players as a foul, "dangerous play".

Kentwood AYSO coaches are encouraged not to train heading excessively, and to be extra cautious about encouraging a player to head the ball if they are not prepared to execute it well. There are procedures to teach heading the ball using foam rubber balls that do not present a concussion risk.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Even a "ding", "getting your bell rung", or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

Athletes who experience one or more of the signs or symptoms listed below after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body may have a concussion.


    Appears dazed or stunned
    Is confused about assignment or position
    Forgets and instruction
    Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
    Moves clumsily
    Answers questions slowly
    Loses consciousness (even briefly)
    Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
    Can't recall events prior to hit or fall
    Can't recall events after hit or fall


    Headache or "pressure" in head
    Nausea or vomiting
    Balance problems or dizziness
    Double or blurry vision
    Sensitivity to light
    Sensitivity to noise
    Felling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
    Concentration or memory problems
    Just "not feeling right" or is "feeling down"

If you suspect that an athlete has a concussion, or if any of the conditions listed on the left panel are true, you should take the following four steps;
Remove the athlete from play or practice
Ensure the athlete is evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion. Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.
Inform the athlete's parents about the possible concussion and give them the CDC Fact Sheet for Parents on Concussion.
Submit an Incident Report

Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says they are symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play.

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