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Concussion Policy

ALL NCFC YOUTH PLAYERS:
*If you believe you might have experienced a concussion, you MUST see our athletic trainer/s or a certified medical professional before resuming play*

Concussions are a common injury in all contact sports.  We implemented a specific policy modeled after the Gfeller-Waller Act in North Carolina.  This Act is designed to protect athletes of all ages from returning from a concussion injury prematurely.


NCFC Youth Concussion Policy

If an athlete is suspected to have a concussion, either observed by a coach, parent, referee, or another player, he/she is to be removed from the game or practice and assessed for a possible concussion. If there is not a Qualified Person (Certified & Licensed Athletic Trainer) to rule out the possibility of a concussion the athlete is to remain off the field of play.

After a suspected concussion, the athlete is not to return to play WITHOUT (1) a Doctor's note from a Neurologist/Sports Concussion Doctor (2) Clearance from on-site Athletic Trainer after passing the gradual Concussion Return to Play Protocol. Off sites should communicate with Jason Bailey, Head Athletic Trainer, on steps to be able to return to play. 

Athletic Training Staff is on-site during regular training/game hours at:

  • WRAL Soccer Park - Jason Bailey, Ally Raven
  • Wake Competition Center - Russell Sineni
  • Thomas Brooks - Patrick Gorrell

Coaches should remove athletes with a suspected concussion if any of the following symptoms are present after a blow to the head or sudden fall. Symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Amnesia - Retrograde/Anterograde
    • Memory loss of events leading up to or occurring after the suspected concussion event
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Irritability
  • Feeling in a fog
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty Concentrating

If the athlete is unresponsive, 911 should be called and the athlete monitored for Airway/Breathing/Circulation until EMS arrives. If the athlete regains consciousness before EMS arrives, keep them in a comfortable position until EMS arrives and they are able to be evaluated further.

For Physician follow up, we recommend the WakeMed Concussion Clinic (919-350-7331)

For free ImPACT baseline testing, we recommend Raleigh Neurology Associates (919-782-3456). Contact them and mention you are an NCFC Youth athlete to receive free testing. 


Information was gathered from the following Resources: 

http://gfellerwallerlaw.unc.edu/GfellerWallerLaw/gwlaw.html

http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/

 

The following links contain pertinent information on the severity of concussions and the steps to return to participation safely:

Contact

North Carolina FC Youth
5017 Memory Road 
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

Phone : 919-834-3951
Email: [email protected]

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