Concussion Information

Updated Monday August 24, 2015 by Amelia Carruth.

The Thurston County Youth Football League has teamed up with the USA Headsup Football program.  ALL COACHES MUST TAKE THE USA FOOTBALL HEADSUP CERTIFICATION CLASS prior to receiving their TCYFL badge.  For the league code, please contact your franchise headcoach. 

Here are the policy and guidelines for parents as published by our league.

Concussion Information Sheet

A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. They are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Even though most concussions are mild,all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly. In other words, even a "ding" or a bump on the head can be serious. You can't see a concussion and most sports concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Signs and symptoms of concussion may show up right after the injury or can take hours or days to fully appear. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion yourself, seek medical attention right away.

Symptoms may include one or more of the following:


"Pressure in head"

Nausea or vomiting

Neck pain

Balance problems or dizziness

Blurred, double, or fuzzy vision

Sensitivity to light or noise

Feeling sluggish or slowed down

Feeling foggy or groggy


Change in sleep patterns


"Don't feel right"

Fatigue or low energy


Nervousness or anxiety


More emotional


Concentration or memory problems

(forgetting game plays)

Repeating the same question/comment

Signs observed by teammates, parents and coaches included

Appears dazed

Vacant facial expression

Confused about assignment

Forgets plays

Is unsure of game, score, or opponent

Moves clumsily or displays incoordination

Answers questions slowly

Slurred speech

Shows behavior or personality changes

Can't recall events prior to hit

Can't recall events after hit

Seizures or convulsions

Any change in typical behavior or personality

Loses consciousness

What can happen if my child keeps on playing with a concussion or returns too soon?

Athletes with the signs and symptoms of concussion should be removed from play immediately.Continuing to play with the signs and symptoms of a concussion leaves the young athlete especially vulnerable to greater injury. There is an increased risk of significant damage from a concussion for a period of time after that concussion occurs, particularly if the athlete suffers another concussion before completely recovering from the first one. This can lead to prolonged recovery, or even to severe brain swelling (second impact syndrome) with devastating and even fatal consequences. It is well known that adolescent or teenage athlete will often under report symptoms of injuries. And concussions are no different. As a result, education of administrators, coaches, parents and students is the key for student-athlete's safety.

If you think your child has suffered a concussion

Any athlete even suspected of suffering a concussion should be removed from the game or practice immediately. No athlete may return to activity after an apparent head injury or concussion, regardless of how mild it seems or how quickly symptoms clear, without medical clearance. Close observation of the athlete should continue for several hours. The new "Zackery Lystedt Law" in Washington now requires the consistent and uniform implementation of long and well-established return to play concussion guidelines that have been recommended for several years:

"A youth athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game shall be removed from competition at that time"


"…may not return to play until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed heath care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion and received written clearance to return to play from that health care provider".

You should also inform your child's coach if you think that your child may have a concussion.

Remember it's better to miss one game than miss the whole season. And when in doubt, the athlete sits out.

For current and up-to-date information on concussions you can go to:

IMPORTANT:  Beginning in 2015 for contests of all levels - middle school, high school, varsity, and sub-varsity in which WOA (Washington Officials Association) registered officials are used:

At the pre-CONTEST conference between the coach and officials, the official will ask the coach if he/she has a licensed health care provider that is authorized to evaluate possible concussions on site.  If the answer is yes, the coach must then introduce the official to that health care provider.  If the team does have an approved health care provider with them (on the sideline) and the official removes an athlete from play for possible concussion signs or symptoms, that athlete could return to play provided they are cleared by the pre-determined health care provider.

If the team does not have an approved health care provider with them (on the sideline) and the official removes an athlete from play for concussions signs or symptoms, that athlete will not be allowed to return to play during that contest and until they are evaluated by a licensed health care provider. 

What licensed health care providers are trained in the evaluation and treatment of concussions/brain injuries and authorized to allow the athlete to return to play? 

ANSWER:  Medical Doctors (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), Physicians Assistant (PA), Licensed Certified Athletic Trainers (AT/L) only.

The form below must be completed by the licensed health care provider.



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