SSMHA Concussion Policy (Saugeen Shores Minor Hockey)

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Pre-Season Pre-Concussion Baseline Training is required for all Bantam and Midget players for the 2019-2020 season.

Saugeen Shores Minor Hockey Association Concussion Policy

 Saugeen Shores Minor Hockey Association (SSMHA) is committed to the long-term health and safety of our players. In recent years, the understanding of the challenges of concussion has increased. We are responding by taking the following steps to help protect our players:

1.     Mandatory Concussion Seminar for Coaches and Trainers

a.      September 30 2019, 7 pm, Location TBA

b.      conducted by Brock McDonald, MPT MPCA

2. Requirement that all players and parents familiarize themselves with Concussion signs and symptoms and sign the SSMHA Concussion Code of Conduct prior to going on the ice. This is in keeping with Rowan's Law which was enacted on July 1 2019. Coaches and Bench Staff are required to complete a similar SSMHA Concussion Code of Conduct for Bench Staff.

Recommended education for parents and players

a.      Watch parachute Canada video

b.      Watch Dr Mike Evans ‘Concussion 101’

4.     Implementing strict adherence to the Hockey Canada Concussion Policy 

5.     Providing the Hockey Canada Concussion Card / Concussion Education and Awareness Program to all coaches and trainers in the trainers box to assist in concussion recognition on the ice and bench

6.     Recommending the 6-Step Return to Play 

7.     Insistence on completion of Concussion Follow-Up and Communication Form prior to return to competitive play

8.     We require all Bantam and Midget players to receive pre-season pre-concussion baseline testing.

Pre-Season Pre-Concussion Baseline Testing

We are require all Bantam and Midget players to receive pre-season pre-concussion baseline testing through Brock McDonald at Bruce County Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center. Brock has extended training in concussion diagnosis and management. Younger players are also eligible, with understanding that the standardized testing tool is appropriate for as young as 12 years of age.

- 216 Goderich St Port Elgin, 519-832-6688.

- He uses a standardized and validated tool called ‘Impact’.

- There will be several sessions set up in late August and early September for this purpose. Contact the clinic at 519-832-6688 for appointment.

- Testing results are only valid for one year (as young brains are still growing) so this must be completed each year. Those who did the testing in spring for soccer do not have to repeat for hockey in fall.

- This testing has a charge of $50 and can be reimbursed by most extended health benefits. A prescription can be provided should your benefits require it. Contact [email protected] if needed.

- For those families without extended health benefits, please contact the SSMHA for help as we have sponsorship monies specifically for this purpose. Contact [email protected] if needed.

Post-Concussion Testing

- Players suspected of concussion should be seen by a physician or health care practitioner trained in concussion diagnosis and management as soon as possible after injury. Brock McDonald and colleagues will see players within two business days for follow-up testing.

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