For any injuries on the field please follow the procedures below. This pertains to all injuries to include head injuries.
- Determine if the child needs immediate medical attention. IF so, call 911 or have parents take the child to the emergency room.
- If #1 is not necessary, determine if it is a head injury. If so proceed to "Concussion" Steps below.
- If it is not a head injury determine if the player can continue to play or needs to be helped (removed) off the field.
- If it is a heat related injury please proceed to "Heat Injury" steps below.
- If not a concussion or heat related injury and the player can proceed to play then continue with the match.
- If not a concussion or heat related injury and the player can NOT proceed to play, then remove the player and monitor throughout the duration of the game. Complete a Incident Report Form (below) after the game and turn in to the Safety director or your Chief Coach Administrator.
If a player displays any signs or symptoms of a concussion after any type of head injury the the player MUST:
- Remove the player from the game immediately.
- Immediately Inform the athletes parents or guardians of the possible concussion
- Ensure the athlete is evaluated by a health care professional.
- Send the parents or guardians the CDC Fact Sheets for parents on concussions: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/pdfs/schools/tbi_factsheets_parents-508-a.pdf
- Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury and until evaluated and cleared by a Health Care professional.
- Submit an AYSO Incident Report to the Saftey Director and/or Chief Coach Administrator.
- Send the parents or guardians the SAI insurance information page http://www.ayso.org/For_Volunteers/region_boards/safety_director/safety_director_res/insurance/insurance_faq.htm#.V2gtBbsrI_4
- STATE LAW: Coaches must not allow a player to come back to participate until they are cleared by a medical professional. Players must return with both the AYSO participation Release form filled out and a medical clearance from a doctor: http://www.ayso.org/Assets/For+Volunteers/Coaches/Forms+$!26+Documents/participation_release_form.pdf
If a player is suspected of a Heat-related illness follow the steps below. Heat-related illness's could be heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
- Remove from play
- Move to a cool place and rest
- Provide cool water or sports drink
- Stretch any cramps.
- Ice the back of neck area or cramped area.
- DO NOT PUT A PLAYER BACK IN A GAME OR PRACTICE AFTER EXPERIENCING HEAT RELATED INJURY. It takes 24-48 hours for a person to recover from heat related injuries.