Howell Soccer Club

Heady Injury Safety
Howell Soccer Club's primary focus is to ensure the safety and welfare of the players. In order to do so, HSC has adopted the US Youth Soccer Concussion Protocol and Notification Process. For more information, see below.
Three Step Protocol
1. Evaluate the Player for Signs
2. Emergency Treatment?
3. Evaluate for Change
Howell Soccer Club recommends that players exhibiting these symptoms receive professional medical treatment. HSC Coaches/Board of Directors/Staff reserves the right to refuse the players right to play if there is a substantive concern for player safety.
What is a Concussion?

A concussion is defined as a traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal brain function. Medically, a concussion is a complex, pathophysiological event to the brain that is induced by trauma which may or may not involve a loss of consciousness (LOC). Concussion results in a constellation of physical, cognitive, emotional, and sleep-related symptoms. Signs or symptoms may last from several minutes to days, weeks, months or even longer in some cases.

Recognize the Signs and Symptoms
  1. Dazed look or confusion about what happened.

  2. Memory difficulties.

  3. Neck pain, headaches, nausea, vomiting, double vision, blurriness, ringing noise or sensitive to sounds.

  4. Short attention span. Can't keep focused.

  5. Slow reaction time, slurred speech, bodily movements are lagging, fatigue, and slowly answers questions or has difficulty answering questions.

  6. Abnormal physical and/or mental behavior.

  7. Coordination skills are behind, ex: balancing, dizziness, clumsiness, reaction time.

Notification Process

In the case of a suspected head injury, a Head-Injury Notification Form must be completed by the Coach/Staff/Board of Directors and the Parent/Legal Guardian on the day of the incident.

Mandatory Training

All Coaches are required by state law to take a Mandatory Online Concussion Training once a year (if you took it in the fall you do not have to take it again in the spring). Once completed, please upload a copy of your certificate to your member account.