Injuries & Concussion | EMSA South West

Injuries and Concussion


A concussion is an injury to the brain and this injury can be quite serious.  Any blow to the head, face, neck or body, which causes a sudden jarring of the head, can cause a concussion. As an example a ball to the head or face, being checked into the boards in hockey.   A concussion affects a person in the way they may think and their ability to remember things, for a short time. These are not the only symptoms of a concussion. There are others.

Concussions occur in soccer. SWEMSA is concerned and would like to protect the safety of our soccer players. The first step in this process is education. Coaches and parents and players should review the information below. Here are some pdf files for immediate reference as well as some in depth reading. Thank you for being concerned enough to look into this matter.  

Medical clearance documentation must be submitted to SWEMSA ( before a player is allowed to return to practices or games.  It should reflect the player has successfully returned to school/work full time & successfully exercised to exhaustion without symptoms reoccurring.  Full details can be found below on the Alberta Soccer Concussion Protocol & Policy link below.

Alberta Soccer Concussion Protocol & Policy (Approved Januaury 2016)

Concussion Response Tool – Parents, Guaradians, Coaches

Concussion Handbook For Parents

Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool

Facts About Concussion & Brain Injuries

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If one of your players has an injury that actually takes them out of the game such as concussion, broken limb or serious injury of any nature, please fill out Injury Report Form below and email it to our zone Administrator, Mary Hilbrecht (  The form can also be faxed to 780-436-3621 or mailed/hand delivered to our office at #211,  11 Fairway Drive Edmonton, AB.

SWEMSA Injury Report Form 121316


SWEMSA has been working with the FIFA 11+ program for a year & has seen a reduction of injuries during practices & games. Teams that performed the “11+” regularly at least twice a week had 37% fewer training injuries and 29% fewer match injuries. Severe injuries were reduced by almost 50%. This study was published in the British Medical Journal in 2008.  We encourage all teams in our zone to adopt the U11+ program.

11+ Warm Up Exercises

11+ Warm Up Program