Parents & Players
Recognizing the dangers to young athletes from the effects of concussions. The AYFL has mandated that all players, parents and coaches must understand, the dangers of concussions, how to spot the symptoms of concussions and the appropriate actions to be taken for players suspected of having a concussion.
All parents and players must read and sign the League's Concussion Acknowledgement Form, which provides important information that both the player and parents should be aware of
relating to concussions and
heat related illnesses. Failure to turn in this signed acknowledgement form will result in the player being
ineligible for league games.
Download Concussion Acknowledgement Form
All coaches are required to sign the AYFL Coaches
Responsibility Form, acknowledging they received and reviewed the "Concussion Acknowledgement Form" given to the players.
So that they understand the dangers of concussions and heat related
illnesses and are aware of the symptoms and actions needed to treat those symptoms. This form also serves to define the responsibilities of all coaches
To aid in the recognition of a possible concussion, it is the responsibility of the coach to
perform the following:
Download Coaches Responsibility Form
- Watch for a forceful blow to the head or body that results in rapid movement of the
- When a concussion is suspected, the coach should immediately remove the child
from the physical activity. The coach or certified athletic trainer should check for
the signs and symptoms of a concussion by performing a Focused Orientation Exam
to test the short term and long term memory.
- Short term recall can include the event, play, opponent, score or last meal.
- Long term recall can include things such as name, birth date, place of birth.
- When in doubt, keep the athlete out.
Any coach who suspects that a child within the program may have suffered a
concussion MUST follow the procedures as provided for within the policy. THE
POLICY PROVIDES THAT ANY PLAYER(S) BELIEVED TO HAVE A
POSSIBLE CONCUSSION AT GAMES OR PRACTICES ARE NOT
PERMITTED TO DRESS OR PARTICIPATE UNTIL MEDICAL CLEARANCE
FROM A DOCTOR HAS BEEN RECEIVED, SPECIFICALLY STATING THE
CHILD IS CLEARED TO RESUME TACKLE FOOTBALL ACTIVITIES.
Any coach/club who knowingly plays a concussed player without clearance will be
charged with playing an ineligible player and suspended a minimum of one game
plus any other sanctions the AYFL deems appropriate.
USA Football "Heads Up" Tackle Football Certification|
Starting with the 2015 Season all Coconut Creek Eagles Coaches will be required to aquire a USA Football coaching membership and complete their Level 1 Tackle Coaching Certification.
This Certification will allow our Coaches to get the tools, resources, and certified education to help make football better and safer for our players. Key Highlights of the USA Football Coaching certification
are as follows
- Proper instruction of tackling and Blocking technique in order to reduce injuries.
- Training in appropriate levels of contact during practices
- Recognition and reactions to player safety issues such as concussions, heat dangers and cardiac emergencies.
The American Academy of
Dermatology estimates that children receive 80% of their lifetime sun exposure by the time they are 18 years old!
- Sun screen, preferably with a
sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, should therefore always be used to protect from damaging ultra-violet light.
- Encourage your players to drink water before going on, and after coming off, the field.
- If a player looks distressed while standing in the sun, remove that player from the field and
get them in the shade immediately.
- If a player should collapse as a result of heat exhaustion, call 9-1-1 immediately. Get the player to drink
water, and cool them down until the emergency medical team arrives.
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Momsteam.com's Hydration Center for great information and resources on keeping your child Hydrated in South Florida's extreme heat. |
|Concussion & Sports Injury Resources:
The Coconut Creek Football Program is proud to
partner with [U18] Sports Medicine for the 2016 Season.
[U18] Sports Medicine is Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Sports Medicine program. They are a multidisciplinary program offering comprehensive orthopedic surgical and
rehabilitation services to student athletes. Their medical team includes fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons from Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery.
They have a variety of different specialties including sports medicine, concussion management, dance medicine and pediatric orthopedics. They have 5 offices conveniently located throughout South Florida; Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Hollywood, Miramar & Weston. |
Our program will receive expedited appointments with these offices in the event of an injury. When needing an appointment, click on the link below and fill out the request. Be sure to include COCONUT CREEK EAGLES in the sport/organization line to ensure the fastest appointment possible.