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Nov 16

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Youth Soccer “Heading” for more Safety!

As parents, players, coaches, referees, and other league members and officials, our focus on Youth Soccer centers around fun and safety. For all players on the soccer field, safety is paramount. Perhaps, then, it is no surprise to learn that specific initiatives will be implemented soon to further address this critical nature of youth soccer as it relates to heading and substitutions.

Responding to a legal suit filed in August 2014 to bring a heightened awareness to this safety issue, the United States Soccer Federation, US Youth Soccer, as well as several other organizations, plan to eliminate “heading for soccer’s youngest players and greatly diminishing risks of youth concussions and traumatic head injuries.

The new initiatives have been designed to:

  • Improve concussion awareness and education among youth coaches, referees, parents and players
  • Implement more uniform concussion management and return-to-play protocols for youth players suspected of having suffered a concussion
  • Modify the substitution rules to insure such rules do not serve as an impediment to the evaluation of players who may have suffered a concussion during games
  • Eliminate heading for children 10 and under and limit heading in practice for children between the ages of 11 and 13

To read more about the the forthcoming changes and how they will affect the sport at Goal Nation, a youth soccer digital publication, please click on the “concussion” image above or here.

US Soccer logoIn addition, US Soccer, the parent organization of US Youth Soccer, plans to launch a new campaign on concussion awareness and prevention that will focus on improving concussion awareness and education among youth coaches, referees, parents and players, modifying substitution rules to allow players who may have suffered a concussion during games to be evaluated without penalty, and prohibiting the heading of the ball for children 10 and under and limiting the activity in practice only for ages 11 to 13. To learn more about the US Soccer campaign, including FAQs, please click on the US Soccer logo or here.

For the parents and coaches of LNYSA, please utilize the free resources available via LNYA.org and the links below to become more familiar with and better educated about the signs of concussions.

LNYSA – “Know the Signs of a Concussion

Download a Concussion Information Sheet

CDC HEADS UP Concussion Education and Awareness Training: for Parents and for Coaches

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.lnysa.org/5870-2/