Health & Saftey
Concussion Protocols, Testing & Links
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
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.
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
Seizure or Convulsion
Weakness in Arms/Legs
Tingling or Burning in Arms/Legs
Onset of Neck Pain
Severe or Increasing Headache
Unusual Behavior Change
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
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 2018-2019
For information on BC Soccer player insurance coverage: