Medical forms are collected from players at the start of each season. Forms are kept with each team’s first aid kit which is brought to every practice and game.
Vancouver FC adheres to guidelines outlined in BC Soccer’s Concussion Policy.
Vancouver FC Concussion Management Plan includes:
A Concussion Protcol with steps to respond, report and recover.
Guidelines for Return to Learn and Return to Play.
Distribution of information to parents/players regarding the signs and symptoms of concussion and VFC’s Concussion Protocol.
Educational seminar for Coaches/Managers that includes the signs and symptoms of concussion and VFC’s Concussion Protocol.
Inclusion of Concussion Assessment tool in VFC first aid kit.
Baseline Concussion Testing for all players.
A Safety Officer to track players with concussions and to ensure VFC protocol is adhered to.
Baseline Concussion Testing
All Vancouver FC players are offered baseline concussion testing every 2 years as part of their registration fees. Testing is done at the beginning of the season through Lifemark at the Richmond Oval.
Signs & Symptoms of Concussion
Anxious or Nervous
More Emotional than Usual
If a player shows any signs of the following red flag symptoms, CALL 911 immediately.
Loss of Consciousness
Seizure or Convulsion
Weakness in Arms/Legs
Tingling or Burning in Arms/Legs
Onset of Neck Pain
Severe or Increasing Headache
Unusual Behavior Change
Did you know?
The onset of concussion symptoms can be delayed.
You may only experience one of these symptoms & still have a concussion.
A concussion can occur even if there wasn’t a direct blow to the head.
You can have suffered a concussion without loss of consciousness
If your child has had a concussion in the past, even a minor blow to the head or body can trigger symptoms.
Most symptoms resolve within 7-10 days, however children/teens can take longer to recover.
Having a previous concussion increases the chances of a delayed recovery.
Concussion Assessment Tools
Vancouver FC Concussion Protocol
- If a player is suspected of having a concussion, remove them immediately from the game.
- Take you child to the nearest Emergency Department immediately if any of the "red flag" symptoms are present.
- Within 24 hours, make an appointment with your family doctor or request a referral to a concussion specialist.
- Within 48 hours, if an independent pre-season Baseline Concussion Assessment was completed, consider a follow-up appointment.
- Advise Interim VFC Saftey officer, Alex Beckmann, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monitor your child and watch for persistent symptoms.
- Follow Return to Learn After Concussion Steps.
- Follow Return to Play After Concussion Steps.
- Do NOT return to play before being cleared by your physician.