The updated concussion policy
provides an overriding
statement with respect to concussion prevention, concussion recognition and
responsible return to play if a player suffers a concussion or is suspected of
suffering a concussion, and defines the expectations with respect to
responsible steps that should be taken in these areas.
Within the policy, expected protocol is clearly defined specific to removing a player with a concussion or suspected concussion from play as well as the steps required for return to play. It is important to note that the identified protocol has not changed from what has been expected by Hockey Canada for several years and has only been adjusted to reflect updates from the 2016 Berlin Consensus.
The expectation is that all governing bodies within Hockey Canada are requiring the use of the return to play protocol within the policy.
The policy document does include a new component which is identified as the “Concussion Follow-up and Communication Form” (appendix 2). Hockey Canada's governing bodies will begin to implement the use of this form with teams, and fully expects that the implementation of the form will take time to integrate itself into the return to play process.
The Hockey Canada Concussion Card and the Concussion Recognition Tool are included and outline both recognition information and the return to play steps that are expected if a player suffers from a concussion.
HOCKEY CANADA CONCUSSION POLICY
The concussion toolbox is meant to provide tools specific to education and awareness in the area of concussion and will assist Members in educating players, parents, coaches and volunteers on the importance of continuing to prevent concussions and respond responsibly if concussion occurs. Highlights of the toolbox include:
- Messaging from Dr. Mark Aubry, Chief Medical Officer, Hockey Canada
- Hockey Canada information on the 2016 Berlin Consensus on Concussion in Sport
- Links to the Hockey Canada Concussion App
- A Concussion App awareness poster
- Team Meeting ideas
- The Hockey Canada Concussion Resource webpage.
The toolbox is meant to assist Minor Hockey Associations in implementing the policy progressively over the months to come.