Health & Saftey

Concussion Protocols, Testing & Links

Medical Information

Medical forms are collected from players at the start of each season.  Forms are kept with each team’s first aid kit which is brought to every practice and game.  

Link to Medical Form: BC Soccer Medical Form


Concussion Management

Vancouver FC adheres to guidelines outlined in BC Soccer’s Concussion Policy.

Vancouver FC Concussion Management Plan includes:

  • A Concussion Protocol with steps to respond, report and recover.

  • Guidelines for Return to Learn and Return to Play.

  • Distribution of information to parents/players regarding the signs and symptoms of concussion and VFC’s Concussion Protocol.

  • Annual educational seminar for Coaches/Managers that includes the signs and symptoms of concussion and VFC’s Concussion Protocol.

  • Inclusion of Concussion Assessment tool in VFC first aid kit.

  • Baseline Concussion Testing for all players.

A Safety Officer to track players with concussions and to ensure VFC protocol is adhered to.

VFC Concussion Protocol PDF

Baseline Concussion Testing

All Vancouver FC players are offered concussion testing every 2 years as part of their registration fees.  Testing is done at the beginning of the season through LifeMark at the Richmond Oval.

Information on Baseline Testing: ATTACHMENT COMING SOON



Signs & Symptoms of Concussion



If a player shows any signs of the following red flag symptoms, CALL 911 immediately.

  • Loss of Consciousness

  • Increased Confusion/Irritability

  • Repeated Vomiting

  • Seizure or Convulsion

  • Weakness in Arms/Legs

  • Tingling or Burning in Arms/Legs

  • Deteriorating Consciousness

  • Onset of Neck Pain

  • Severe or Increasing Headache

  • Unusual Behavior Change

  • Double Vision

Did you know?

  • The onset of concussion symptoms can be delayed.

  • You may only experience one of these symptoms & still have a concussion.

  • A concussion can occur even if there wasn’t a direct blow to the head.

  • You can have suffered a concussion without loss of consciousness

  • If your child has had a concussion in the past, even a minor blow to the head or body can trigger symptoms.

  • Most symptoms resolve within 7-10 days, however children/teens can take longer to recover.

  • Having a previous concussion increases the chances of a delayed recovery.

Concussion Assessment Tools

Child - SCAT3 Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (ages 5 - 12 years)

SCAT3 Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (age 13 years and older)

Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool

Concussion Recognition Tool Ap

Understanding Concussion & Parachute Concussion Guidelines


Vancouver FC Concussion Protocol

*Vancouver FC requires a note from your physician/concussion specialist advising that the player is able to return to play.

Return to Learn After Concussion: Parachute Protocol Guide

Return to Play After Concussion: Parachute Protocol Guide

Player Insurance: BCSoccer Member Club League 2019 - 2020 


For information on BC Soccer player insurance coverage: