Website Manager

Gwinnett Soccer Academy

Concussion Information


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. 

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has established the HEADS UP: Concussion in Youth Sports program and tool kit to provide training to coaches, athletes and parents regarding concussions. The Georgia Legislature passed HB 284 regarding youth athletes, concussions and return to play. 


Online Resources
Gwinnett Medical Center Concussion Institute
CDC Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports
Concussion Info Sheet
Return to Play Act of 2013 (HB 284)
Gwinnett County Parks Concussion Information

Contact Us

Gwinnett Soccer Academy

Mailing Address: PO Box 1055 
Dacula, Georgia 30019

Email Us: info@gsasoccer.com
Phone : 404-680-8160
Copyright © 2017 Gwinnett Soccer Association  |  Terms Of Use |  Privacy Statement Login