Concussion & Safety Information

Concussions Goal Safety Tips Bounce Houses

The Cal South Board of Directors recognizes the need for increased awareness about concussions, head injuries and brain trauma. In order to assist Cal South's administrators, coaches, referees, parents and players, a number of resources are being made available. The links below are to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control. Their "Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports" initiative gives facts about concussions, signs and symptoms, suggestions for prevention and treatment. 

• Concussion Policy (Rev. 2.2.2015)

• Concussion Informational Sheet


HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training - HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion.

Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate, making it easy to show your league or school you are ready for the season.

Click here for course information

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Concussion & Head Injury Information

CONCUSSION RESOURCES FOR COACHES

Concussion Fact Sheet for Coaches [PDF - 433 KB]
Concussion Action Plan [PDF - 284 KB]
Concussion Facts and Contact Numbers (Large) [PDF - 136 KB]
Concussion Facts and Contact Numbers (Small) [PDF - 5.5x7.25]
Concussion Main Message Poster [PDF - 242 KB]
Concussion Signs & Symptoms Poster [PDF - 553 KB]
Fact Sheet For Coaches [PDF - 433 KB]
Clipboard Concussion Information Sheet [PDF - 206 KB]
Concussion Poster [PDF - 335 KB]
Concussion Quiz [PDF - 174 KB]

Hoja Informativa Para Los Entrenadores [PDF - 168 KB]
Clipboard En Español [PDF - 163 KB]
Afiche En Español [PDF - 327 KB]
Examen En Español [PDF - 202 KB]
 

CONCUSSION RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents [PDF - 257 KB]
Parent and Athlete Concussion Information Sheet [PDF - 238 KB]
Fact Sheet for Parents [PDF - 1 MB]
Concussion Information Sheet [PDF - 189 KB]
HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports Card (6 x 8.5 in.) [PDF - 1 MB]
Concussion Quiz [PDF - 245 KB]

Hoja Informativa Para Los Padres [PDF - 254 KB]
Hoja Informativa Para Los Deportistas Y Padres Acerca De Las Conmociones Cerebrales [PDF - 731 KB]
Atención Conmoción cerebral en el deporte juvenil (6 x 8.5 in.) [PDF - 114 KB]
Examen En Español [PDF - 202 KB]
 

CONCUSSION RESOURCES FOR ATHLETES

Concussion Fact Sheet for Athletes [PDF - 312 KB]
Parent and Athlete Concussion Information Sheet [PDF - 238 KB]
Fact Sheet for Athletes [PDF - 9 MB]
Concussion Information Sheet [PDF - 189 KB]
Concussion Poster [PDF - 2 MB]
Concussion Quiz [PDF - 245 KB]

Hoja Informativa Para Los Atletas [PDF - 213 KB]
Hoja Informativa Para Los Deportistas Y Padres Acerca De Las Conmociones Cerebrales [PDF - 731 KB]
Afiche En Español [PDF - 327 KB]
Examen En Español [PDF - 202 KB]
 

CUSTOMIZABLE MATERIALS: Customize the HEADS UP handouts and posters at this page with your team's colors and logo.


Goal Safety Tips

It is vital that all coaches and team administrators be aware of the importance of goal safety.

Many injuries related to soccer do not occur on the field of play, but rather before and after games, and usually in the transport, improper placement or misuse of soccer goals.

To help our membership understand this important issue, please feel free to download and circulate the following PDF:

Kwik Goal Safety First Program Booklet (PDF 1.3MB)

This booklet includes:

• Myths vs. facts concerning soccer goals and soccer goal-related injuries
• Pre-match soccer goal checklist
• Post-match soccer goal suggestions
• Tips on anchoring goal systems and their proper use
• Soccer goal net safety
• Soccer goal purchasing guideline and checklist

Guidelines for Movable Soccer Goal Safety (PDF 238KB)

This booklet includes information on:

• Soccer goal injuries
• Rules
• Design/construction guidelines
• Anchoring/securing/counterweighting guidelines
• Goal storage guidelines


Bounce House Best Practices

Bounce houses are a popular part of soccer tournament culture, and there are many safety concerns that can be assuaged by following safety guidelines such as this best practices information from Cal South's insurance provider:

Considerations for use of Bounce Houses (PDF 726KB)

Related news stories:

Accident at Youth Soccer Tourney Reveals Perils of Bounce Houses (from Athletic Business)
13 injured when bounce houses go airborne in New York (from CNN)