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Injury Care and Prevention

CCNSC recommends that parents and coaches consider attending a Red Cross First Aid course and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) course.

The first line of defense in the treatment of athletic injuries is to prevent them.  This is accomplished by a well planned program, competition among athletes with equal ability and size, proper warm-up and adherence to the Laws of the The Game.

If forced to deal with an injured player consider the following rules of thumb:
  • Avoid panic.
  • Check for consciousness, bleeding, deformation, discoloration, breathing, shock.
  • Depending on nature of injury avoid moving the injured player.
  • Inspire confidence and reassure player.
  • Use common sense.
  • Seek professional help.
  • Always err on the side of caution.
For additional information on the care and prevention of soccer injuries please refer to the US Youth Soccer's guidance document provided in the attachments section below.  In addition, guidance from the USSF on hydration and playing in hot conditions is provided below.