Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer continues our efforts to provide the latest and most necessary information for the health safety our membership. We have developed this resource center to provide critical information regarding concussions and traumatic brain injury.
In November of 2012, our associations Board of Directors passed a policy endorsing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Act 101, known as the "Safety In Youth Sports Act." The Policy on Concussion Procedure and Protocol mandates concussion education for everyone involved in our sport, including parents and players. This policy also mandates certification for all coaches. In addition all member organizations must annually certify that they are compliant with the policy.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers FREE education and training through their website - but there are many training resources available which will suffice for mandatory coach compliance.
US Soccer's Recognize to Recover program page and ImPACT are two excellent resources for concussion education and testing information. Eastern Pennsylvania follows the USYS Concussion Protocol. This protocol requires a player must be evaluated by a Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) in order to return to play.
You must first create on account to take the Heads Up Concussion training for youth sports. Please refer to directions posted to create an account as the CDC has partnered with a new provider this year.
CDC Heads Up Concussion
CDC Heads Up is not the mandatory training for concussions. Other, professionally approved training's can be used (IE: PIAA).