Effective immediately, the Missouri Youth Soccer Association will have concussion education training required for coaches and referees participating in state events. This education program comes on the heels of US Youth Soccer’s recent partnership with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and part of the “Heads Up: Concussions in Youth Sports” campaign to get concussion information into the hands of parents and coaches.
For more information on that partnership, CLICK HERE.
The MYSA concussion education program contains an online concussion certification through the CDC that is available via your GotSoccer coaching account. This quiz is a free 25-30 minute course online that covers concussion awareness, recognition, treatment, and prevention. Your Club Registrar can assist you with completing the course if needed.
Please see below for the two (2) accepted online concussion education quizzes:
So who has to take one of these courses? Please take a moment to see the details of this education program:
All coaches must complete the online concussion training available through their GotSoccer Coaching Account prior to becoming licensed at any level. Once the test is completed confirmation will appear in your GotSoccer profile and will print on your coaching card. You are NOT approved to coach without this course.
Missouri State Cup & Presidents Cup – Coaches
Any bench personel on the sidelines during a state-event (State Cup and Presidents Cup) are required to complete the online concussion awareness test through the CDC or NFHS. Once the test is completed, a copy of the “Completion Certificate” must be brought to the tournament check-in.
Individuals that do not complete the online certification will NOT be allowed to coach during the tournament.
Missouri State Cup & Presidents Cup – Players
During the Missouri State Cup or Presidents Cup, any player suspected of having suffered a concussion shall immediately be taken off of the field regardless of the game time or play.
That player may not re-enter until an on-site medical trainer has assessed the player.
If the medical trainer has determined that a concussion could have occurred, the player must be evaluated by a health care professional trained in assessing & evaluating head injuries.
The tournament staff will provide the necessary paperwork that must be signed-off on by the health care professional.
Any referee officiating a state-event (Missouri State Cup and Presidents Cup) or regional event (Region 2 Championships or Region 2 Presidents Cup) must complete the concussion training through either the CDC or NFHS. Once the test is completed, a copy of the “Completion Certificate” must be brought to the tournament check-in.
US Soccer introduced the RECOGNIZE TO RECOVER program in October 2016 which we featured here on the website. A short video and a link to additional resources.