NYS Concussion Management Plan


1.       Upon registration each year, players and their parent(s)/guardian(s) if the player is under the age of 18, must review the Concussion Information sheet detailing the signs and symptoms of concussions, and must acknowledge that they have received this information and have a responsibility to report concussion-related injuries and illnesses to an independent medical professional and to NYS.

2.       Players who exhibit signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion shall be removed from NYS athletic activities (e.g.: game, practice, conditioning) and be assessed by an independent medical professional with experience in the evaluation and management of concussions.

3.       Medical clearance is required for a player diagnosed with a concussion to return to NYS athletic activity as determined by the independent medical professional.  Written evidence of medical clearance must be provided to the team's coach and also to NYS or the adult league before returning to athletic activity.

4.       A player's return to play will follow the step by step guide provided by BC Soccer Head Injuries & Concussions, under the oversight of an independent medical professional.

5.       Coaches and managers must review the online Making Headway Concussion eLearning Series - Soccer Module - located at: http://www.coach.ca/making-head-way-concussion-elearning-series-p153487

6.       The SCAT 3 download will be distributed to Coaches at the start of each season and be made available on the NYS website for coaches, managers, parents and players.  All will be encouraged to download the SCAT3 app to their mobile device.