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Health & Safety

(Updated October 2016)

U.S. Soccer

Recognize to Recover Campaign

Recognize to Recover Concussion Video  (4:42) & Resource Folder (with Information sheets)

Head & Brain Injuries - Information on Concussion Education

Injury Prevention - Information on Ankle Injuries, Athletic Trainers, Protective Equipment, The 3 R's of Recovery, 

Environmental Conditions - Information on Travel, Air & Insect Conditions, Field Conditions, Heat & Hydration, Lightning & Severe Weather

Cardiac Conditions - Information on Cardiac Arrests

Emergency Action Plans - Information on Emergency Action Plans (EAP's)

United Soccer Coaches (USC)

Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer - Free - The NSCAA has launched Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer™, the first interactive online course developed to educate coaches on how to teach safer heading techniques for players ages 11-13. This 30-minute course is free and available to anyone and everyone interested in heading safety.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Heads Up Campaign

Heads Up to Youth Sports - Free - By taking this online course and using what you learn, you will be well positioned to improve the culture of concussion. This course will help you:

  • Understand a concussion and the potential consequences of this injury,

  • Recognize concussion signs and symptoms and how to respond,

  • Learn about steps for returning to activity (play and school) after a concussion, and

  • Focus on prevention and preparedness to help keep athletes safe season-to-season

In addition, there are multiple printable resources for parents, coaches, players, referees and Health Care providers

United States Olympic Committee (USOC) - Team USA

SafeSport - Free - Athletes will perform better, soar higher, and get more from sport if they feel safe. Misconduct threatens that safety, and it can happen in every sport and at every competitive level. This SafeSport online training program teaches you about the nature of misconduct in sport: how to recognize it, how to prevent it and how to take action. The information in this course will help to keep sport a positive experience for every athlete, coach and volunteer.

SafeSport Resources - Information on a variety of topics including; Misconduct, Hazing, Harassment and Bullying

Nutrition - Resources and Fact Sheets - The professional nutrition specialists at the U.S. Olympic Committee have put together a variety of informational materials for athletes, coaches and parents. In this section you can find access to these materials to learn more about sport-specific diet, travel nutrition and eating guidelines.

Nutrition - In The News - A selection of articles and videos on a variety of nutritional topics

Psychology - Resources - A selection of articles on a variety of topics that target mentally preparing athletes for competition

Olympic Coach Magazine - Quarterly magazine for athletes and coaches on a variety of topics to enhance performance

National Federation of High School Associations (NHFS)

Concussion in Sports Course - Free - The NFHS has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. This course highlights the impact of sports-related concussion on athletes, teaches how to recognize a suspected concussion, and provides protocols to manage a suspected concussion with steps to help players return to play safely after a concussion.

Concussion For Students - Free - Concussion for Students, developed in Partnership with the Barrow Neurological Institute, has been designed specifically for students to inform them on how to identify, react to, and prevent concussions.  This free course is presented as a social media conversation, showing how four different students learn about concussion in different ways.  It includes high school students and medical professionals discussing concussion.  The key goal is for students to be able to identify signs and symptoms of a concussion so that they can get immediate help before any further injury can occur.

Sports Nutrition - Free - Proper nutrition can optimize athletic performance. This course hosted by sports medicine specialist Dr. Mick Koester, can help your students be performing at their peak. As a coach, this course contains practical tips on how you can model and teach proper nutrition to your athletes.