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Concussion Information

Concussions in sports are a serious issue with long term risks and complications if not treated properly. Always remember “When in doubt, sit them out!” Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion is the key factor as to whether a child should return to play and the training program provides valuable information to assure the athlete is ready to get back in to the game safely.

US Soccer has implemented the 'Recognize to Recover' program:


In addition, US Soccer is placing the following limitations on heading:

1. No player in a U11 and Under program may head the ball, either in practice or games. 
2. No 10-year-old playing in a U12 and Under program may head the ball, either in practice or games.
3. Players in the U12 and U13 and Under programs are allowed to head the ball in games, but are limited to 30 minutes of practice per week, with no more than 20 headers per week in total.
4. An 11 or 12-year-old player playing in a U14 and Under program should abide by these restrictions.

CDC's Heads Up Concussions In Youth Sports


  • A concussion is a brain injury that affects how your brain works. 
  • A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body. 
  • A concussion can happen even if you haven’t been knocked out. 
  • If you think you have a concussion, you should not return to play on the day of the injury and not until a health care professional says you are OK to return to play. 
SSA Coaches: To access the CDC online training course for concussion, please click HERE, then click on 'Launch the Course' on the right side of the screen. Once you have completed the quiz, please complete the form below to confirm completion.

More Information from the CDC:

Georgia Soccer Documents:

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