Safety and Concussion Information

U.S. Soccer has recently developed a Comprehensive Player Health and Safety Program called Recognize to Recover (R2R). This program includes a concussion management program to raise awareness of this important issue. As a member of the US Soccer’s Development Academy Texas Rush SC will be using this program to inform and educate our members and coaching staff on the issues of concussion injuries and how they can be managed.

As part of this program US Soccer has recently released a new video and created a website to provide information on recognizing and managing concussions, highlighting the important role parents, players, coaches, referees and health professionals play in the return to play process. The video, which is available to download and encouraged to be shared, follows the journey of a young soccer player through a suspected concussion and outlines the symptoms of concussions and the steps that should be taken before a player is allowed to return to the field. As the video weaves between reality and what takes place in the player’s mind, we see how both the physical and mental symptoms of concussions have very real effects.

“A concussion can be difficult to recognize on the field and most occur without a loss of consciousness or an obvious sign that something is wrong with a player’s brain function,” said U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer George Chiampas. “If players, parents, coaches and referees work together to educate themselves and take proper precautions, athletes and parents can both enjoy exciting, challenging competition without the constant fear of serious injury.”

 

 

Former U.S. Men’s National Team player Taylor Twellman, who suffered concussions during his professional career, is also part of the video. Speaking from first-hand experience, Twellman emphasizes the importance for players to ask for help if they feel they may have suffered a concussion.

“My passion for this subject is well known throughout the soccer community,” Twellman said. “I was honored that U.S. Soccer asked me to be a part of this program to hopefully make a difference in the way we evaluate and recover from concussions.”

Recognize to Recover is aimed at promoting safe play and reducing injuries in soccer players of all ages. The first-of-its-kind program was developed with the help of medical experts to provide coaches, players, parents and referees with information, guidance and additional educational materials to improve the prevention and management of injuries.

To learn more about Recognize to Recover, visit recognizetorecover.org. At this website you can find information on many health issues including head and brain conditions which can be found at http://www.recognizetorecover.org/head-and-brain/#head-brain-conditions

You may also find more information on head injuries on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html 

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