As we all know, the past few weeks have brought unprecedented disruption to our daily lives, with “social distancing” requirements now the norm and potential calls for “sheltering-in-place” looming. ODFC and all our affiliated leagues in the area, have responded by delaying the start of the season, urging members to follow CDC recommendations and to discontinue all in-person group training/coaching activities.
Members of the ODFC Executive Committee held a conference call a few hours ago to review the latest guidance and to discuss various contingency plans that we may implement going forward. We worked hard to identify and discuss all available options as we continue to focus on moving ahead.
The evolving responses we are seeing at all levels of government (local/state/federal) and local leagues, we believe at this point that there is very little chance that anyone will be allowed to resume normal soccer practice and play schedules before, at the very least, May. We sincerely hope that prediction turns out to be unnecessarily pessimistic, but we are preparing for it just in case.
ODFC Potential Contingency Plan:
As mentioned above, The ODFC Executive Committee is exploring a dual-level contingency plan for our safe return to play. We have identified and are considering the following scenario for all our Future Stars/RTP/Jr. RTP/Little Friends:
Regardless of any possible scenario, your spring 2020 dues will be deferred to both of the scenarios above with no further club program dues owed for the rest of 2020. It’s our hope to continue providing safe and fun, club programming for our members and especially, our kids children who love the game as soon as possible.
As you can imagine the plan of shifting the spring season into the summer months and the extension of our fall season will require a few days to organize and post on-line. I ask all of you for patience as we work through this as quickly as possible. An email with an update will be sent as soon as plans are finalized.
Finally, I’d like to thank all of those members that have reached out to us and expressed support, shared a “virtual” smile and offered to help. It’s what a hometown club is all about and it means the world to all of us! There is no doubt in my mind that we will get through this emergency together.
Thank you all once again-
As our Spring 2020 season approaches, the Coronavirus/COVID-19 issue has raised questions and concerns at many levels of the game.
Please be assured our first and foremost concern and commitment is the health and well-being of our players, coaches, staff, and families. As a club we will continue to observe the evolving nature of this outbreak, stay current with updated guidelines, and do our best to ensure all participant's safety through best practices - which may be updated as more information is obtained.
As it stands, we remind you that the likelihood to exposure is very low. We encourage and emphasize that players, staff, and families repeatedly exercise proper CDC hygiene procedures on-and-off the field, including general guidelines outlined by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF):
Please refer to these resources for further information:
Center for Disease Control:
World Health Organization
In addition, ODFC will be delaying the start of the Soccer School season by one week. Please check the ODFC website (https://www.olddominionfc.org/home)for the updated start dates for each program. This delayed start date will affect both our “Northern” and “Southern” Programs.
Thank You and Be Safe!
Concussion: Signs, Symptoms, and When to go to the ER
Christopher Crowell, MD
Medical Director, StoneSprings Hospital Center
With the weather warming up, we’re more likely to exercise and play sports outside. If you have children who play sports, always keep in mind the risk for concussion.
Each year, 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions result from sports and recreation injuries in the United States, according to the American Academy of Neurology, and almost 9 percent of all U.S. high school sports injuries involve concussions. More than half of concussions are from football alone, followed by rugby, hockey and soccer. The risk for concussion is greater for females playing basketball and soccer compared to males.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that occurs after a sudden bump or jolt to the head that causes the brain to strike the inside of the skull. This trauma causes chemical changes to the cells of the brain, which alters its function and produces distinct neurologic symptoms. Although this injury cannot be seen or diagnosed from modern imaging techniques such as CT or MRI, we can now reliably make this diagnosis based on a careful history and physical examination.
Symptoms of a concussion include:
A person with a concussion will often show signs of disorientation, delayed spoken or physical responses, a blank stare or dazed appearance, slurred speech or difficulty with balance and reaction times. The diagnosis of concussion should be made by a licensed healthcare professional with formal training in concussions. If a head-injured person loses consciousness, has anything other than mild concussion symptoms, or if their concussion symptoms do not completely resolve, then they should be seen in the Emergency Department to rule out more serious brain injury.
The treatment for concussion is simple: mental and physical rest. You should take a break from school or work until your symptoms resolve and your primary care provider says it’s OK to return. Many people think they can relax at home by playing video or computer games, watching TV or texting. Those activities actually require a lot of concentration and can tax your brain, so be sure to limit them. Patients with mild, non-specific symptoms following a head injury may require formal neurologic testing to ensure that they have completely healed from their concussion.
While you can’t always prevent a concussion, a well-fitted helmet can help prevent brain injury during bike riding and sports like football, hockey, snowboarding, skateboarding, lacrosse and hockey.
Understanding Heat Illness
Christopher Crowell, MD
Medical Director, StoneSprings Hospital Center
If there’s one thing the Washington area is known for in the summers, it’s heat and humidity. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating. But when the humidity rises, that may not be enough. Infants and young children, older adults and those taking blood pressure or other medications are at higher risk for heat-related illnesses, as are people who work or exercise outdoors during periods of extreme heat.
To protect yourself outdoors this summer, remember these three words from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration: Water, Rest, and Shade. Drink water frequently, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Take regular rest breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned environment. Wear light-colored clothing, a hat and use sunscreen. Take cool showers or baths, or carry a spray bottle of cool water to wet your skin. Take it easy on your first few days of playing or working in the heat; your body needs to adjust gradually. And never leave a child or pet in a parked car.
It’s important to note the symptoms of heat-related illnesses, which can come in many forms. The most basic type of heat illness is a heat rash – red, itchy bumps caused by a clogging of the sweat ducts. It usually affects children and can be treated with calamine lotion applied to the skin, and wearing loose clothing. Another problem some people have in the summers is heat edema – swelling of the hands and feet. Propping up your feet and wearing compression stockings can help.
Heat also can result in painful muscle cramps or fainting. If you or your family members experience these symptoms, move to a cool environment, lie down and drink fluids. If you still feel ill after an hour, go to an emergency room.
Still more serious is heat exhaustion, which has symptoms such as heavy sweating along with weakness, nausea/vomiting or fainting. If this affects you or your family members, immediately move to cooler location, lie down and loosen your clothing and sip water. If you don’t feel better within an hour, go to an emergency room.
The most serious and dangerous type of heat illness is called heat stroke. Its symptoms are hot, red skin; a fever; rapid pulse; and a change in mental status. For this, do not attempt to treat it yourself. Instead, go immediately to an emergency room or call 911.
Keep in mind that serious heat illnesses do not come on suddenly. They are the result of ignoring lesser symptoms like feeling hot or thirsty. By using common sense, drinking extra fluids and taking frequent breaks indoors or in the shade, you can enjoy your time outdoors while staying healthy.