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RECOGNIZE to RECOVER is U.S. Soccer’s comprehensive player health and safety program aimed at promoting safe play and reducing injuries in soccer players of all ages. CLICK HERE for section on Head and Brain Conditions.

Follow the journey of a young soccer player through a suspected concussion to understand the symptoms of concussions and the steps that should be taken before a player is allowed to return to the field. As the audience weaves between reality and what takes place in the player’s mind, we see how both the physical and mental symptoms of concussions have very real effects.

What is a Concussion?  
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. Concussions are serious! Medical providers may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, the effects of a concussion can be serious.

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HEADS UP is a series of educational initiatives, developed by CDC, that all have a common goal: Protect kids and teens by raising awareness and informing action to improve prevention, recognition, and response to concussion and other serious brain injuries. Get started here: Coaches | Parents | Athletes

Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer
United Soccer Coaches 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 online course is free and available to anyone and everyone interested in heading safety. CLICK HERE to get started.

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