AYSO Supports Concussion Awareness in Youth Sports
Concussions are serious brain injuries and without proper management, can result in permanent damage or even death. Inspired by the Zackery Lystedt
law in the state of Washington, a growing number of states are enacting legislation that requires concussion awareness training for all youth coaches - which includes all coaches in AYSO.
If your AYSO Region is in a state with mandated concussion awareness training, it's a good idea to visit the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) website
, which offers a comprehensive online training course for coaches and a coach's clipboard outlining what to look for and what steps to take when a young athlete suffers a strong blow to the head or body.
Most importantly, remember that whenever there is an event that may have caused a concussion, the affected player should be immediately removed from play and checked for symptoms. Also, when a concussion is suspected, the player should not be allowed to return to the game and the parents should be advised of the events, symptoms and possibility of concussion. Parents should be encouraged to seek a medical evaluation prior to allowing the player to resume play.
AYSO's Safe Haven Certification, CVPA and Safety Director Manuals all feature concussion awareness and references to the CDC's "Heads Up" program. AYSO is also currently working with the CDC to make many of their materials available to all AYSO Regions.
Visit AYSO's Safety Resources
page to learn more.