Player safety is the top priority for Georgia Soccer and all of its' affiliated member clubs. To continue to provide the safest environments for youth players to play, learn, and compete, Georgia Soccer is implementing U.S. Soccer's recommendations and guidelines for concussion awareness starting Fall 2016.
This new policy places an emphasis on education and awareness to ensure everyone involved in youth soccer in Georgia is equipped to recognized the signs of a potential concussion in a youth player, and to ensure that player is properly evaluated and treated before they return to play.
Georgia Soccer is requiring all coaches complete the CDC Heads Up online education program in addition to their standard coaching certifications. Georgia Soccer also encourages all parents and volunteers to complete the CDC Heads Up online program as well. It takes approximately 20 minutes and is FREE.
As of Fall 2016 Georgia Soccer is also implementing a Return to Play procedure to ensure that all youth players who may have suffered a possible concussion are evaluated by a qualified medical professional before they are allowed to return to play. CLICK HERE for the Return to Play Procedure & Protocol Sheet. All Return to Play forms can be found below in the 'documents' section of this page.
This policy and protocol are in effect for the Fall 2016 season and all Georgia Soccer member clubs are asked to be in compliance with this policy by January 1, 2017. CLICK HERE for the full Concussion Awareness policy.
Thank you for partnering with Georgia Soccer to protect youth soccer players.
CLICK HERE FOR CDC HEADS UP COURSE
Click on the above link to take the CDC Heads Up online concussion certification. This course is required for all Georgia Soccer coaches to complete by January 1, 2017. All parents are encouraged to complete this free course as well. The course takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.