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Health & Safety Information
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2016 Parent Safety Clinics
Safety Coordinator Alex Joseph will conduct Parent Safety Clinics the week of July 25th. Please note your team's scheduled time and plan to attend. Ask questions regarding the Coconut Creek Football program's Safety procedures and learn what you can do to help to improve player safety.
  • Monday, July 25th
    • 7:00 pm - 8U &10U Football
    • 7:30 pm - 9U Football
  • Tuesday, July 26th
    • 7:00 pm - Mighty Mites Football
    • 7:30 pm - Youth Prep, Youth, Junior Prep Cheer
  • Wednesday, July 27th
    • 6:30 pm - Pee Wee & Senior Cheer
    • 7:00 pm - 12U & 13U Football
    • 7:30 pm - 11U Football
All Clinics will be held on the bleachers adjacent to the East Field (next to Field #4)
 
Concussions
Concusions A concussion is a brain injury and all brain juries 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.

Concussion syptoms
 
AYFL Concussion Policy

Parents & Players
Recognizing the dangers to young athletes from the effects of concussions. The AYFL has mandated that all players, parents and coaches must understand, the dangers of concussions, how to spot the symptoms of concussions and the appropriate actions to be taken for players suspected of having a concussion. 

All parents and players must read and sign the League's Concussion Acknowledgement Form, which provides important information that both the player and parents should be aware of  relating to concussions and heat related illnesses. Failure to turn in this signed acknowledgement form will result in the player being ineligible for league games.

Download Concussion Acknowledgement Form

Coaches
Free Coaches Online Concussion trainingAll coaches are required to sign the AYFL Coaches Responsibility Form, acknowledging they received and reviewed the "Concussion Acknowledgement Form" given to the players. So that they understand the dangers of concussions and heat related illnesses and are aware of the symptoms and actions needed to treat those symptoms. This form also serves to define the responsibilities of all coaches

To aid in the recognition of a possible concussion, it is the responsibility of the coach to perform the following:
  • Watch for a forceful blow to the head or body that results in rapid movement of the head.
  • When a concussion is suspected, the coach should immediately remove the child from the physical activity. The coach or certified athletic trainer should check for the signs and symptoms of a concussion by performing a Focused Orientation Exam to test the short term and long term memory.
    • Short term recall can include the event, play, opponent, score or last meal.
    • Long term recall can include things such as name, birth date, place of birth.
  • When in doubt, keep the athlete out.
Download Coaches Responsibility Form

Any coach who suspects that a child within the program may have suffered a concussion MUST follow the procedures as provided for within the policy. THE POLICY PROVIDES THAT ANY PLAYER(S) BELIEVED TO HAVE A POSSIBLE CONCUSSION AT GAMES OR PRACTICES ARE NOT PERMITTED TO DRESS OR PARTICIPATE UNTIL MEDICAL CLEARANCE FROM A DOCTOR HAS BEEN RECEIVED, SPECIFICALLY STATING THE CHILD IS CLEARED TO RESUME TACKLE FOOTBALL ACTIVITIES.

Any coach/club who knowingly plays a concussed player without clearance will be charged with playing an ineligible player and suspended a minimum of one game plus any other sanctions the AYFL deems appropriate.
 
USA Football "Heads Up" Tackle Football Certification

Starting with the 2015 Season all Coconut Creek Eagles Coaches will be required to aquire a USA Football coaching membership and complete their Level 1 Tackle Coaching Certification. This Certification will allow our Coaches to get the tools, resources, and certified education to help make football better and safer for our players. Key Highlights of the USA Football Coaching certification are as follows

  • Proper instruction of tackling and Blocking technique in order to reduce injuries.
  • Training in appropriate levels of contact during practices
  • Recognition and reactions to player safety issues such as concussions, heat dangers and cardiac emergencies.
Heat Dangers
The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that children receive 80% of their lifetime sun exposure by the time they are 18 years old!
  • Sun screen, preferably with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, should therefore always be used to protect from damaging ultra-violet light.
  • Encourage your players to drink water before going on, and after coming off, the field.
  • If a player looks distressed while standing in the sun, remove that player from the field and get them in the shade immediately.
  • If a player should collapse as a result of heat exhaustion, call 9-1-1 immediately.   Get the player to drink water, and cool them down until the emergency medical team arrives.
Click below to visit Momsteam.com's Hydration Center for great information and resources on keeping your child Hydrated in South Florida's extreme heat.
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Concussion & Sports Injury Resources:
 
JDCH Concussion ClinicThe Coconut Creek Football Program is proud to partner with [U18] Sports Medicine for the 2016 Season. [U18] Sports Medicine is Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Sports Medicine program. They are a multidisciplinary program offering comprehensive orthopedic surgical and rehabilitation services to student athletes. Their medical team includes fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons from Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery. They have a variety of different specialties including sports medicine, concussion management, dance medicine and pediatric orthopedics. They have 5 offices conveniently located throughout South Florida; Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Hollywood, Miramar & Weston.

Our program will receive expedited appointments with these offices in the event of an injury. When needing an appointment, click on the link below and fill out the request. Be sure to include COCONUT CREEK EAGLES in the sport/organization line to ensure the fastest appointment possible.

https://www.u18sportsmedicine.com/request_appt.aspx
 
 

 

 

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