Concussion Policy

Concussion Policy

In conjunction with Maryland State Laws (HB 858/SB 771 & HB 427), the Soccer Association of Montgomery (“SAM”) implemented a Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Management Policy (“CCAMP”).  CCAMP implements a standard operating procedure for managing and monitoring concussion injuries and Sudden Cardiac Arrest of SAM players.

The goals of the CCAMP are to:

  • Protect our players.

  • Educate our coaches and staff.

  • Educate our parents and identify resources parents can use to educate themselves and their children/players on concussion symptoms, treatment and prevention.

  • Develop a policy and protocol that is consistent with the law in the state of Maryland.

SAM Coaches and Assistant Coaches Education

ALL SAM Coaches and Assistant Coaches MUST:

  1. Attend a mandatory coach’s educational seminar that SAM will hold two (2) times a year on injury recognition and return to play protocol with target dates for the seminars prior to the start of the spring and fall seasons. All new coaches must attend the educational seminar PRIOR to their first season, and returning coaches must attend one (1) of the seminars.

  2. Download the Concussion Recognition and Response (CRR) phone application (available in the App and on Google Play for free) for on site evaluation of head impacts and familiarize themselves with the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) educational materials, in particular the CDC Concussion Symptoms Checklist (Exhibit A).

    1. http://www4.parinc.com/products/Product.aspx?ProductID=CRR_AP

    2. http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/index.html

  3. In addition, once a year, prior to the start of the Fall soccer season:

    1. Take the Heads Up online concussion training course given by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) OR the National Federation for High Schools (NFHS) online concussion training. At completion of the course the coach will receive a certificate of completion that shall be submitted to the SAM Program Manager prior to the first game of the fall season.

i. CDC Course: http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html 

ii. NFHS Course: https://nfhslearn.com/courses/38000

  1. Review and acknowledge receipt of the “Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Information for Parents and Student Athletes” sheet prepared by the Maryland State Department of Education (as updated, modified, or amended, the “SCA Information Sheet”).

    1. http://www.mpssaa.org/assets/1/6/Sudden_Cardiac_Arrest_Info_packet1.pdf

  2. SAM will also make available information on concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness on the SAM website in English and Spanish.

SAM Parents and Player(s) Education

Once a year, prior to the start of the spring soccer season, ONE Parent AND their player(s) from every SAM household MUST:

  1. Take the Heads Up online concussion training course given by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At completion of the course the parent and player(s) will receive a certificate of completion that shall be submitted to the SAM Program Manager prior to the first game of the spring season.  The parent and player(s) should take the course together. Please make sure the certificate names the parent AND player(s) who took the course.

    1. http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html 

  2. Review and acknowledge receipt of the “Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Information for Parents and Student Athletes” sheet prepared by the Maryland State Department of Education (as updated, modified, or amended, the “SCA Information Sheet”).

    1. http://www.mpssaa.org/assets/1/6/Sudden_Cardiac_Arrest_Info_packet1.pdf

  3. SAM will also make available information on concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness on the SAM website in English and Spanish.

The complete Soccer Association of Montgomery (“SAM”) Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Management Policy (“CCAMP”) can be found in Appendix C.

Additional information can be found here: http://www.samsoccer.org/safetyhealth/concussions/index_E.html