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Concussion Education Policy - Coaches & Referees

 
Effective immediately, the Missouri Youth Soccer Association concussionwill have concussion education training required for coaches and referees participating in state events.  This education program comes on the heels of US Youth Soccer's recent partnership with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and part of the "Heads Up: Concussions in Youth Sports" campaign to get concussion information into the hands of parents and coaches.  For more information on that partnership, CLICK HERE.
 
The MYSA concussion education program centers on an online concussion certification quiz through the CDC or National Federation of High Schools (NFHS).  This quiz is a free 25-30 minute course online that covers concussion awareness, recognition, treatment, and prevention.

Additional concussion education resources can be found here on the MYSA website.  Please see below for the two (2) accepted online concussion education quizzes:

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
 
National Federation of High Schools (NFHS)
 

(Both certificates are good for three (3) years.)

So who has to take one of these courses?  Please take a moment to see the details of this education program:
 
Coaching Education
  • All coaches taking the USSF 'E' or 'D' License must complete the online concussion training available on the CDC or NFHS website.  Please see the course materials for each of these courses for more specific information.  Once the test is completed, a copy of the "Completion Certificate" must be brought to the course.
  • Coaches taking the entry-level Youth Coaching Certificate are also strongly suggested to take the online concussion testing.
 
Missouri State Cup & Presidents Cup - Coaches
  • Any bench personel on the sidelines during a state-event (State Cup and Presidents Cup) are required to complete the online concussion awareness test through the CDC or NFHS.  Once the test is completed, a copy of the "Completion Certificate" must be brought to the tournament check-in.
  • Individuals that do not complete the online certification will NOT be allowed to coach during the tournament.

Missouri State Cup & Presidents Cup - Players
  • During the Missouri State Cup or Presidents Cup, any player suspected of having suffered a concussion shall immediately be taken off of the field regardless of the game time or play.
  • That player may not re-enter until an on-site medical trainer has assessed the player.
  • If the medical trainer has determined that a concussion could have occurred, the player must be evaluated by a health care professional trained in assessing & evaluating head injuries.
    • The tournament staff will provide the necessary paperwork that must be signed-off on by the health care professional.

Referees
  • Any referee officiating a state-event (Missouri State Cup and Presidents Cup) or regional event (Region 2 Championships or Region 2 Presidents Cup) must complete the concussion training through either the CDC or NFHS.  Once the test is completed, a copy of the "Completion Certificate" must be brought to the tournament check-in.
 
 
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