RECOGNIZE to RECOVER is U.S. Soccer's comprehensive player health and safety program aimed at promoting safe play and reducing injuries in soccer player's of all ages. The program, which was developed with the help of medical experts, will provide coaches, players, parents, and referees with information, guidance, and additional education materials to improve the prevention and management of injuries.
As part of Recognize to Recover, U.S. Soccer recently presented overall concussion guidelines that include rule changes that will reduce the possibility of head injuries while preserving the nature of the game. Players suspected of a concussion will be given plenty of time for evaluation by a health care professional without penalty or loss of a substitute. U.S. Soccer is also recommending that heading the ball be prohibited for children 10 and under, and to limit the activity to practice only for children ages 11 to 13.
U.S. SOCCER ANNOUNCES RECOGNIZE TO RECOVER PLAYER HEALTH & SAFETY PROGRAM