American River Youth Soccer League

Player Safety concerns below

    - Concussion Guidelines

    - Skin Protection

    - ACL (knee / anterior cruciate ligament) Injury Prevention

    - Ankle Sprains

    - FIFA 11+ a complete warm-up to prevent injuries

 Child Predators & County Sherrif Link for Safety Tips



New this year is the CA North Concussion Protocol. During the course of a game, if a player receives a head trauma, they will be removed from the game.  All ARYSL Coaches will be certified by the NFHS certification program to help identify concussions in our players.  This is the same certification process all high school coaches must take.

* Referees will have the final say for the player to continue playing or hold the player out.

* Players pass and incident report will be passed onto League officials.

* Players are asked to have Concussion Notification Form fill out by Medical Dr or Concussion Specialist. Concussion Notification

* Player will only be allowed to return to practice / play when cleared my medical Dr or Concussion Specialist.

Concussion Guidelines

As the science of evaluating and managing concussions has advanced, key findings emphasize the need for education of players, their families, coaches, medical staffs and the public at large on the signs and symptoms of concussion.  There is also a critical need for early identification and proper management of a concussion.


Please see links below for more information: 

Many of these links are from the CDC, Centers for Disease Control & contain useful information

      - FIFA Concussion Pocket Guide

    - USSF Concussion Poster - "A Must Read For US Soccer Players"

    - Parent Athlete Concussion Information Sheet

    - Returning to School After a Concussion

    - Concussion Information for Athletes

    Information for Adults

    - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Heads Up: Concussion in Sports

World Cup Concussion
In watching the World Cup, we witnessed Germany's Christoph Kramer suffer a head injury in the championship game.  Here is an interesting article.  
World Cup concussion.  

Skin Protection

It's important to prevent sun damage in your young athletes to ensure they have a healthy start in life.  Skin Cancer is the most common type of cancer but many kinds of skin cancer are easy to prevent and most kinds can be cured if they're caught early. Most skin cancers are cause by sun damage. About 90% of skin cancers occur on the face, neck and arms.People of all skin types should protect their skin.
- Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun.
- keep sunscreen of 15 spd or greater in your soccer bag (or car) at all times.
- Make applying sunscreen a pregame and halftime ritual
- apply sunscreen to all exposed areas
- turning pink, get out of the sun.  Unprotected skin can be damaged in as little as 15 minutes
- cool and cloudy?, clouds only filter UV rays, not block them.  Dont' let clouds fool you that you are protected
Protecting your skin

ACL Injury Prevention

ACL / knee injuries can cause many problems for kids who play sports.   Most ACL tears do not occur from player-to-player contact. The most common causes of noncontact ACL injury include: change of direction or cutting maneuvers combined with sudden stopping, landing awkwardly from a jump, or pivoting with the knee nearly fully extended when the foot is planted on the ground.

ACL Injury Prevention

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in youth soccer

US Soccer Medical Article - Ankle Sprains

FIFA 11+

The “FIFA 11+” – your warm-up to prevent injury

Your body has some natural defence mechanisms against injuries that you can train to become more “resistant” to injuries. For example, training certain muscles stabilises joints, training your balance makes you less susceptible to loss of balance and falls. There are certain techniques, e.g. how you jump or land, that protect you from getting injured in these critical situations.

“FIFA 11+ - a complete warm-up to prevent injuries” combines exercises training the above to provide you with general protection from injuries. “FIFA 11+” is a complete warm-up to be performed prior to every training session. You should be at least 14 years of age to start “FIFA 11+”.

In a scientific study with almost 2,000 female youth players, teams performing “FIFA 11+” at least twice a week had 30-50 per cent fewer injured players than teams who warmed up as usual. The greater care you take to correctly perform each exercise, the greater the effect. Your coach will supervise how you do the exercises and correct your movements as necessary.

There are two points of paramount importance to guarantee the effect:

    - you have to do all the exercises of “FIFA 11+” correctly: the greater care you take, the greater the effect
you have to do “FIFA 11+” regularly, that means at least twice a week

The FIFA 11+ Website and Warm-up Program

Child Predators

We can never protect our children enough when it comes to predators.  In 2009, American River Youth Soccer League started fingerprinting all coaches associated with our soccer program. In 2013, it became a requirement of CA North.  Each coach, assistant coach and team manager is screened for your players safety and results are received from the Dept of Justice of CA.

This link will take you to the Sacramento County Sherrif's Dept.  If you observe something out of the ordinary, we encourage you to report it.
Sherrifs Dept Offender Watch & Safety Tips

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