As U.S. Soccer and ThinkTaylor continue their partnership to promote safe play and reduce injuries in soccer players of all ages, the two organizations will highlight the importance of concussion education during Concussion Awareness Week. The initiative, which is part of U.S. Soccer’s comprehensive player health and safety program called Recognize to Recover, presented by Thorne, will take place from Sept. 1-11 across the country. Concussion Awareness Week encourages everyone involved in the game of soccer to take the #TTPledge, an oath for players, coaches, parents and fans to be educated about concussion symptoms, to be honest in self-evaluation and to be supportive of anyone with a concussion. Visit recognizetorecover.org to fill out a certificate confirming you have taken the #TTPledge.
A concussion can be difficult to recognize on the field. Most occur without a loss of consciousness or an obvious sign that something is wrong with a player’s brain function. They can occur at any time throughout games or practice, as a blow to the head or body from contact with the ground, the ball or another player. Working with leading physicians for more than a decade, U.S. Soccer created Recognize to Recover resources that will help coaches, players, parents and referees identify the signs and symptoms of concussion and immediately take action with the appropriate treatment.
Check out the video below to follow the journey of a young soccer player through a suspected concussion to understand the symptoms of concussions and the steps that should be taken before a player is allowed to return to the field. As the audience weaves between reality and what takes place in the player’s mind, we see how both the physical and mental symptoms of concussions have very real effects.