Check out US Soccer information on Player Health and Safety:

US Soccer Comprehensive Player Health and Safety Program

Watch the US Soccer video on Concussions


What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that:
• Is caused by a bump or blow to the head
 • Can change the way your brain normally works
• Can occur during practices or games in any sport
• Can happen even if you haven’t been knocked out
• Can be serious even if you’ve just been “dinged”

How Can I Prevent a Concussion?

Every sport is different, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself for soccer.
• Follow your coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
• Practice good sportsmanship at all times

What are the Symptoms of a Concussion?

• Headache or “pressure” in head
• Nausea or vomiting
 • Balance problems or dizziness
• Double or blurry vision
• Bothered by light
• Bothered by noise
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
• Difficult paying attention
• Memory problems
• Confusion
• Does not “feel right”

What Should I do if I Think I’ve Had a Concussion?

Tell your coaches, parents and athletic trainer.
Never ignore a bump or blow to the head even if you feel fine. Also, tell your coach if one of your teammates might have a concussion.

Get a medical check up.
A doctor or health care professional with knowledge in concussion management can tell you if you have a concussion and when you are OK to return to play

        Give yourself time to get better.

If you have had a concussion, your brain needs time to heal. While your brain is still healing, you are much more likely to have a second concussion. Second or later concussions can cause damage to your brain. It is important to rest until you get approval from a doctor or health care professional to return to play.

For more information download these documents

Concussions Let’s Take Brain Injuries Out of Play

USSF CDC A Fact Sheet For Athletes

USSF CDC A Fact Sheet For  Coaches