Symptoms and Signs of a possible concussion in youth players:
- Blurry, fuzzy, or double vision
- Sensitivity to light and/or noise
- Concentration problems or memory lose
- Feeling sluggish
- Balance and dexterity problems or dizziness
- Slurred speech
- Vomiting or weak stomach
- General confusion
Recommended Return to Play Procedures/Tips:
If a player is suspected of having a concussion, they NEED to seek medical attention immediately.
- Youth participants should be kept out of all athletic activities (including practice) when a concussion is suspected/diagnosed. While the brain is healing from a trauma, athletes are significantly more likely to receive a second concussion if they begin athletic activity too soon.
- Keep possibly concussed athletes away from any cognitive activities that require concentration or intense focus. Activities such as video games, computer work, cell phone games, lengthy TV watching, should be all avoided.
- Do not give any medication to an athlete who is suspected of having a concussion unless it was previously prescribed or authorized by a physician after the trauma.
- The State of Maryland, US Youth Soccer, and MSYSA mandate that no youth athlete be permitted to return to competition (games or practice) until they are cleared by a physician.