All our coaches have been certified by USA Football is the latest in proper techniques to help our athletes play the sport safer.
San Jose PAL takes the safety of our PAL youth as the most important aspect of recreational or competitive sport and we wish for our members/participants who participate to do so in a manner that provides reasonable safety for their well-being.
The events and activities that are authorized by San Jose PAL involve risks and dangers of injury and accidents may occur sometimes without fault. Available medical assistance may vary from venue to venue. San Jose PAL recognizes that the potential for harm from concussions is a serious matter and while some accidents and even concussions may occur, the basis for the San Jose PAL’s Concussion Policy is based upon trying to limit the potential harm, which could result from continued participation after such an injury.
We have therefore established this Concussion Policy for San Jose PAL and our members, which is as follows: Coaches will take the CDC online course where they will learn techniques to reduce the risk of possible concussions. Where there is reasonable cause to believe that a concussion may have occurred, such participant shall not be allowed to continue his/her participation in a San Jose PAL authorized event/activity without a medical release to resume such participation.
San Jose PAL wants to ensure that all coaches, volunteers and other non-athlete members working with youth athletes be familiar with the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Head's Up program.
Coaches, staff and volunteers shall take the free on-line course that will provide important information in the recommendation and decision-making in handling situations that may involve concussion injuries.
This course takes approximately 30 minutes. The CDC also has downloadable handouts for athletes and their parents. Certificates of completion will be given to the PAL office. The state of California has strict laws governing sports organizations and responsibility relative to concussion. It is important that we educate our members on this matter. California Health and Safety Code 124235 is the law that governs sports organizations regarding concussion.
Link to Training Course:
Link to State Heath Code Documentation:
Link to PAL Concussion Information Sheet for Coaches:
Link to PAL Concussion Information Sheet for Parents:
Player Equipment can only do its job if it is properly sized and fitted to each player. These videos are provided to help Storm Family learn what goes into fitting your athlete for the game.
Storm Coaches and Staff Members are trained to identify signs of concussion in order to prevent player from causing themselves long term injures by continuing to play after possibly sustain a traumatic hit. We will always air on the side of safety. No game is worth a child's long term heath. We are providing these videos to help educate the players and their families to help identify the signs as well.