Rye Brook Youth Soccer Concussion Policy

UpdatedWednesday May 8, 2019 byRye Brook Youth Soccer.

The RBYS Board recognizes that concussions and head injuries are the most commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports. A concussion occurs when normal brain functioning is disrupted by a blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.


Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include: 

  • Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head 
  • Temporary loss of consciousness 
  • Confusion or feeling as if in a fog 
  • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event 
  • Dizziness or "seeing stars" 
  • Ringing in the ears 
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 


Avoiding re-injury and over-exertion until fully recovered are the cornerstones of proper concussion management. Therefore, RBYS is adopting the following Policy to support the management of concussion injuries:


  1. Remove the youth soccer player from Play: A Rye Brook youth soccer player who is believed to have a concussion is to be removed from practice or game right away.
  2. Obtain permission to return to play: If a child is diagnosed with a concussion by a physician, whether they were removed from a game/practice or not, both the child's coach and the RBYS board must be notified.  He/she can return to practice or game only with a note from a treating physician.


The written authorization must be submitted to the parent coach and the RBYS Board.