AYSO and the CDC on Concussion Recognition and Action

All Coaches and Referees must take 
the online Concussion Awareness Training
and Actively Apply the Guidelines at Training and Games

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Athletes who experience one or more of the signs or symptoms listed below after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body may have a concussion.

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets and instruction
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
  • Can't recall events prior to hit or fall
  • Can't recall events after hit or fall
  • Headache or "pressure" in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Felling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Just "not feeling right" or is "feeling down"

If you suspect that an athlete has a concussion, or if any of the conditions listed on the left panel are true, you should take the following four steps;
  1. Remove the athlete from play or practice
  2. Ensure the athlete is evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.  Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.
  3. Inform the athlete's parents about the possible concussion and give them the CDC Fact Sheet for Parents on Concussion.
  4. Submit an "Incident Report"
  5. Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says they are symptom-free and it's OK to return to play.