Please visit the US Soccer Recognize to Recover page for further details on US Soccer's comprehensive player health and safety program aimed at promoting safe play and reducing injuries in soccer players of all ages.
US Soccer Recognize to Recover webpage
US Soccer Concussion Initiative Guidelines
Concussions are a serious health concern in youth sports. Massachusetts Youth Soccer is committed to the safety of our players and to educate our players, parents, coaches, referees and administrators in the dangers of concussion-related injuries. US Youth Soccer President John Sutter said, "Supporting the game we all love is a priority for US Youth Soccer, our 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations, and our local member clubs and associations across the country. Supporting the game also means helping to keep our players safe."
Massachusetts Youth Soccer will continue to provide our entire Membership with tools and resources to educate them on the extreme dangers of concussions, on how we can prepare for and protect against concussions, to understand what causes concussions, how to recognize symptoms of a concussive injury and to detail how important proper medical assessment is in determining when a player can safely return to the game.
It is our strong recommendation that all coaches of all levels and ages of play take the free CDC Concussion Training Course as it can only help to best serve the children of Massachusetts. As a reflection of our commitment to public education on concussions, every candidate who enrolls in the Massachusetts Youth Soccer E-License Coaching Course is now required to take the Concussion Education Course on the CDC website.
The Massachusetts Youth Soccer policy on concussions is intended to be clear and unambiguous so as to accurately reflect the seriousness of concussion-related injuries and our unwavering commitment to keeping our children safe.
It is our expectation that this policy will clarify protective measures for all involved in youth soccer in Massachusetts and simplify communication between coaches and parents when concussion related issues arise.
Click here to download Mass Youth Soccer Concussion Policy
Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Heads Up Concussion Course
US Soccer Sports Medicine
Sports Neuropsychology Society
Coaches and Officials
Boston Children's Hospital - Sports Concussion Clinic