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Concussion Awareness Training by the CDC

Centers for Disase Control and Prevention ("CDC") has put together very good training on Concussion Awareness. The course takes about 25 minutes and you will receive a certificate upon completion. It is strongly recommended that all coaches take this training. Once complete, please upload the certificate to your coaching profile.

Click here for the CDC training on concussion awareness

 
Concussion Awareness

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury ("TBI") caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.

Concussions Are Serious

Medical providers may describe a concussion as a "mild" brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, the effects of a concussion can be serious, even fatal.

"When in Doubt, Sit it out"

If a coach suspects or knows that a player suffered a concussion or other brain injury during game play, he/she must immediately pull that player from game play, seek proper medical attention for the injured player, and review and complete these forms from the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA):

CJSA Procedure and Protocol for Concussion

CJSA Concussion Notification Form


Printable handouts and fact cards from the CDC:

COACH's Fact Sheet on Concussions

Coach's Clipboard Reference Card on Concussions

Action Plan for Concussion Injuries

PARENTAL fact sheet on Concussions