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Concussion Management

 Concussions in youth sports can be a life altering. Their occurrence and damaging consequences to the health and long term wellbeing of your son and daughter are now just becoming fully understood. 

 
Proper precautions, concussion awareness and response are essential safe guards that all coaches, parents, guardians and youth athletes should be practicing. Concussions are serious and most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.  Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.
 
The following link provides more information on concussion from the Center of Disease Control:  http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/pdf/Parent_Athlete_Info_Sheet-a.pdf 
 
It is because of these facts, as an important first step the WYSL and member clubs are strongly urging that you have your son or daughter take a 15-20 minute online baseline test.  The baseline testing assesses key areas of brain function including; memory, speed of information processing, and reaction time, and is a very valuable tool for trained medical professionals to use to better evaluate and treat a brain injury in the event of a concussion.
 
The decision to participate is up to each parent/guardian.  The WYSL strongly supports and believes in the benefits of having all children participating in youth sports having a baseline test assessment.
 
Before proceeding with the player registration process, please acknowledge by clicking hereor visit: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/pdf/Parent_Athlete_Info_Sheet-a.pdf  that you are aware of our strong recommendation for your child to have a baseline test before this fall’s soccer season.
 
Thank You,
WYSL Board of Directors
………. Building Character Through Soccer