First and foremost, what is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.
With more and more information shedding light to the serious nature of concussions, AYSO has taken several steps to increase the knowledge of our membership and decrease the amount of concussions that happen on the field each week by banning heading for all players U-11 and below. More information on this rule can be found here (original press release) and in AYSO’s Rules and Regulations.
AYSO has partnered with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to use the “Heads Up” Concussion training tools. Both our information regarding concussions and training are in line with the CDC’s guidelines.
View and print: the Parent/Athlete Concussion Information Sheet
View and print: the CDC Parent Fact Sheet
To find more resources regarding concussions from AYSO, please go here.