Policies & Procedures

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BC SOCCER INSURANCE COVERAGE AND INJURY FORM

BC Soccer provides coverage to full member associations (Youth District and Adult Leagues) their affiliate clubs / teams and the registered players/participants within them via our insurance provider All Sport Insurance and the broker which is SBC Insurance.

CLICK HERE to download the BC Soccer Insurance Policy brochure

For more details on insurance claims through BC Soccer, please CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to download the BC Soccer Injury Report Form

CHILLIWACK FC - CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT POLICY

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POLICY OVERVIEW: A concussion is a brain injury. All concussions should be regarded as potentially serious. Most concussions recover completely with correct management.  Incorrect management of a concussion can lead to further injury.  Concussions should be managed according to current guidelines.  Anyone with suspected concussion following an injury must be immediately removed from playing or training and receive a prompt assessment by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner. Concussions are managed by licensed health care professionals working within their scope of practice and expertise. Concussions are managed by a limited period of rest followed by avoiding physical and brain activities that make concussive symptoms worse, and once concussion related symptoms have resolved, a stepwise return to school, work and sports-related activities. Return to education or work must take priority over return to playing soccer. Concussion symptoms must have completely resolved and documented medical clearance completed by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner must be received before resuming full contact practice or game play. The recurrence of concussion symptoms subsequent to the return to full contact practice or game play requires removal from training or playing and reassessment.

 

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT: Chilliwack FC is adopting this policy as part of its obligation to provide a safe playing environment for its players.

Awareness of concussion and effects of concussion on players, especially youth players, has increased over the past decade. Medically, a concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury. Because it is a brain injury, a concussion is not a visible injury, such as a broken arm. It requires time to heal properly, involving both physical and mental rest. Consequences may include loss of coordination or memory, vision problems, learning issues and changes in emotions and behavior.

A concussion may result from a direct blow to the head or from an indirect blow to the body that causes various forces to affect the brain within the skull. Signs and symptoms may appear immediately or may be noticed hours or days (or longer) later. There are a wide variety of symptoms which are possible. Loss of consciousness is not required to be diagnosed with a concussion. Adolescents require more time to recover from concussions than adults.

 

APPLICATION OF POLICY: This policy applies to all Chilliwack FC coaches, team managers, officials and players who are involved in Chilliwack FC programs.

 

REQUIREMENTS: All Chilliwack FC coaches, team managers and club officials are required to take the free CDC (Center for Disease Control) online training course “Concussion Training for Coaches” before they may coach. This rule goes into effect with the start of the 2015 spring soccer season. The certificate of completion at the end of the online course is proof the course has been taken. This course takes approx. 35-40 mins to complete. Please submit all certificates to info@chilliwackfc.com

 

The training course can be accessed by clicking this link: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html

                  This document contains references to Soccer Canada and BC Soccer Concussion Policies

As part of a pre-season concussion education strategy, CDC (Center for Disease Control) online training course “Concussion Training for Coaches” However, the CDC offers additional training for non-coaches. The Chilliwack FC strongly recommends this training for all involved with the sport.

  • Players/Coaches, and parents/guardians should review this document at a minimum regarding Concussion Management as part of their soccer registration process.
  • All participants in our sport should be encouraged to familiarize themselves with the entirety of our Concussion Guidelines. Baseline (pre-season) testing of youth (<18 years) and adult recreational athletes using any tool or combination of tools is not required for post-injury care of those who sustain a suspected or diagnosed concussion and is not recommended. For the communication between physicians and soccer coaches, team officials and clubs we recommend using:

Canada Soccer’s Concussion Assessment Report, available @ canadasoccer.com. Generic concussion reporting letters are also available through Parachute Canada: http://www.parachutecanada. org/downloads/injurytopics/Medical-Assessment-Letter_ Parachute.pdf & http://www.parachutecanada.org/downloads/ injurytopics/Medical-Clearance-Letter_Parachute.pdf

 

Concussion Information from Soccer Canada

This policy is intended for those managing concussion in soccer at all levels. Professional and National level players typically have access to an enhanced level of medical care, which means that their concussion and their return to play can be managed in a more closely monitored way. This Chilliwack FC Policy is based on current evidence and examples of best practice taken from soccer organizations around the world and other sports, including Soccer Canada, the Football Association, the Scottish FA, World Rugby, and the Canadian Concussion Collaborative. They are consistent with The Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport, (Toronto: Parachute, 2017) and the current Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport issued by the Fifth International Conference on Concussion in Sport, Berlin 2017. The Policy has been reviewed and is approved by Canada Soccer Sports Medicine Committee. While this policy aims to reflect ‘best practice’, it must be recognized that there is a current lack of evidence with respect to their effectiveness in preventing long-term harm.

 

Canada Soccer Sports Medicine Committee will continue to monitor research and consensus in the area of concussion and update it policies accordingly. This version was adopted by Canada Soccer in 2018 and should be reviewed no later than 2022. Chilliwack FC will have a practice of “best practices” as it relates to this policy based of current and evidence-based research and resources available for Concussion Management.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES WEBSITES:

Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC):

http://sirc.ca/ resources/concussion

Coaching Association of Canada: Making Head Way Concussion eLearning Series:

https://www.coach.ca/concussionawareness-s16361

Parachute: www.parachutecanada.org/concussion

Concussion Awareness Training Tool: www.cattonline.com Ontario Ministry of Health Concussion Resources: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/concussions/

 

VIDEOS:

Dr. Mike Evans Health Lab — Concussions: https://www.reframehealthlab.com/concussions/

 

BC Soccer references:

The British Columbia government has established a website with key partners, which is

available at: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthtopics/content.asp?hwid=tp23364spec