GORHAM YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION CONCUSSION POLICY
(Approved by the GYSA BOD January 2014)
The health and wellness of players is the primary concern of Gorham Youth Soccer Association. As a result, Gorham Youth Soccer Association has established a policy to govern the participation of players with diagnosed traumatic brain injuries/concussion.
The policy is intended to provide easy-to-understand guidelines related to players who have been diagnosed with a concussion. Please note that the policy is in effect regardless of the completion of duties outlined in each party responsibilities denoted below.
WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
According to the CDC, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.
A Gorham Youth Soccer Association player who sustains a diagnosed traumatic brain injury/concussion at any time, in any circumstance, whether inside/outside the parameters of a Gorham Youth Soccer event (training, match, other) will not be allowed to resume play until Gorham Youth Soccer Association receives written approval stating the player may return to play without restriction. The written approval must come from a Medical Professional trained in concussion diagnosis/management.
1. A forceful blow to the head or body that results in rapid movement of the head.
2. Any change in the athlete’s behavior, thinking, or physical functioning.
IF A CONCUSSION/TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IS SUSPECTED
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Click here for more information from the CDC’s Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports website.
Click here for more information from the Maine Department of Education regarding concussions.
CDC Fact Sheets: