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Concussion policy


Dover Sherborn Soccer Club’s concussion policy reflects the seriousness of head injuries and our unwavering commitment to the safety of our young athletes.  It is our expectation that this policy will provide unambiguous clarity on the course of action required when a DSSC player sustains a head injury.

The DSSC head trauma policy is as follows:


  • All coaches are required to take the Center for Disease Control (CDC) online training course. DS Soccer parents are also encouraged to review this course. Click here to visit CDC On-Line Concussion Awareness Training Main Site.  Course completion is required for both head and assistant coaches. (or Click here to go directly to the Training Program)
  • All Coaches are required to remove players from a practice or game if a player sustains a blow to the head or a jarring collision that causes the coach to suspect a possible mild or traumatic brain injury.
  • DSSC coaches are required to notify the parents/legal guardians of the incident, as well as the DSSC Boys or Girls Coordinator, providing both with a date and description of the incident that occurred.
  • Any Dover Sherborn player removed from practice or game as a result of a head injury or symptoms similar to those of a concussion shall not be permitted to return to any level of practice or game play to any extent until they have provided Dover Sherborn Soccer with a written and unconditional “Medical Clearance to Return to Play” from a licensed medical doctor.  Medical clearance must be provided to the DSSC Registrar (See the Club Contacts page for registrar information).
  • When a Parent/legal guardian registers their player they will be required to agree to the following: “If my child is diagnosed with a concussion during a DSSC activity or during an activity outside of a DSSC event, I will inform my child’s Coach of such diagnosis immediately, and provide medical clearance documentation from a medical professional prior to their being permitted to return to DSSC play (affective with Spring 2015 Registration)
  • DSSC recommends all players participate in cognitive baseline ImPACT Testing, offered jointly by all Dover Sherborn youth sports for 5th and 7th graders.  The ImPACT test begins in 5th grade and is good for 2 years.  Any player who has not been tested and is in the 6th or 8th grades is also encouraged to participate.  When a player enters 9th grade, ImPACT testing is provided by the Dover Sherborn High School.   
  • For parents, there is a great resource from the CDC on this website Heads Up for Parents
  • From the U11 age groups and up, DS Soccer players also take part in a town-wide youth sports Impact testing and monitoring program. 
  • Click on these excellent CDC fact sheets for athletes and for parents.
  • Also, please see this excellent video on concussion education https://youtu.be/UMgU4ZtXfDE

CDC.gov