The right type of coach and parent involvement can have a tremendous, positive impact on youth development and continued sport participation. To this end, CSA has compiled useful resources that provide opportunities for coaches and parents to actively pursue continued learning on what is “best” for soccer players during different periods of development.
US Youth Soccer Heat Stress Guidelines: Link
USSF Heat & Hydration Guidelines: Link
Drink, Drink, Drink: Link
US Youth Soccer Concussion Guidelines: Link
See below on this page for Crossroads’ more in-depth glance at concussion education.
The Parent’s Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids: Link
Redefining Success: 8 Tips for Being a Great Sports Parent: Link
U.S. Soccer’s Feb. 2017 Player Development Initiatives: Link
CSA’s Long-Term Player Development Plan: Link
Healthy Fuel for Healthy Athletes: Link
Eating to Play: Link
Four Common Myths About Nutrition Among Soccer Players: Link
7 Tips to a Highly Successful Recruiting Process: Link
You’ve Been Injured – Now What? [link]
Ice or Heat? [link]
RICE (Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation) [link]
A Report on Knee Injuries [link]
Care and Prevention of Ankle Sprains [link]
Coach, My Ankle Hurts! [link]
Common Sports Injury – Muscle Soreness [link]
ACL Injury and the Female Soccer Player [link]
All there is to know about blisters [link]
Coaching education in Louisiana is available from US Soccer and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Click links below for available courses and schedules.
LSA Hydration Education: Link
LESSON PLANS & HANDBOOK
Below are links to Sample Training Sessions designed specifically for the U5/6 Player.
[Full Handbook below or click link above to download]
LESSON PLANS & HANDBOOKS
Below are links to Sample Training Sessions designed specifically for the U11-U14 Player.
Research has shown that over 30% of concussions in soccer are caused by heading the ball or by attempting to head the ball and colliding with a player, object, or the ground. 11% of children who suffer a concussion still have symptoms three months later. Persistent post-concussion symptoms can be devastating. There is a growing body of literature showing that heading a soccer ball can result in problems with memory and attention, as well as structural and metabolic differences visible on advanced brain imaging, even in the absence of a symptomatic concussion. Further, there is substantial evidence supporting the notion that young people may be more susceptible to damage resulting from repetitive concussive and sub-concussive brain trauma. In younger children, the long term effects of brain trauma can become apparent years after injury, as normal developmental milestones are disrupted.
To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The HEADS UP initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion. To learn more on the basics of brain injuries, simply CLICK the CDC logo below. To go to any one of the CDC Resources simply CLICK on the specific document title below.
At its August 2016 Annual General Meeting, LSA enacted Policy 213 Youth Player Safety Initiatives. Policy 213 describes how and when a player suspected of having suffered a concussion may be permitted to return to play. Coaches, parents and the players themselves are expected to become familiar with the dangers and symptoms of a concussion and to adhere to the policies, procedures and protocol established by Policy 213. Referees shall be familiar with the requirements of the Policy and shall strictly adhere to them. No one shall attempt to circumvent these procedures or protocol and no one shall attempt to encourage or influence a referee to do so either.
Concussion Injury Procedures and Protocol
If a qualified heath care provider (HCP) is present at the game, any player who sustains a significant blow to the head or body, who complains about or is exhibiting symptoms consistent with having suffered a concussion or is otherwise suspected of having sustained a concussion, must be evaluated by the HCP. Unless, after proper evaluation, the HCP determines that the player has not suffered a concussion and personally informs the center referee, the player will not be permitted to return to play until the player has successfully completed the graduated RTP protocol described below and has been cleared to play in writing by a physician.
Where an HCP is not present, any player who sustains a significant blow to the head or body, who complains about or is exhibiting symptoms consistent with having suffered a concussion or is otherwise suspected of having sustained a concussion must be removed from play and shall not return to play until and unless the player has been cleared to return to play in writing by a physician. The Policy sets forth the following Return to Play Protocol:
Ban on Heading
In conjunction with the US Soccer Recognize To Recover Program and in the hope of curtailing concussive injuries at the youngest age group, Policy 213.5 establishes a ban on heading the ball. No player 10 years old or younger shall be permitted to head the ball in games or in training. Players participating in any U12 program and younger shall not engage in heading, either in practices or in games. In the event a player, in the discretion of the referee, intentionally heads the ball in a game at the U12 level of competition or younger, the referee shall immediately stop play and award the opposing team an indirect free kick.