No doubt, Canada is a hockey-loving nation. But with that love comes a responsibility to promote hockey safety. Today at Ontario’s Doctors, we look at a campaign to help promote hockey safety, including awareness about concussions.
Two-time Olympic hockey gold medalist Cassie Campbell-Pascall and concussion specialist Dr. Charles Tator are spreading the word on hockey safety, in the hope that nurturing a respectful environment will keep children in the game.
According to Parachute Canada, 40 per cent of head injuries in children aged 10 to 14 occur during sport, and particularly, concussions – an invisible brain injury that cannot be seen by an x-ray, MRI, or CT scan.
Tator is convinced hockey can be a relatively safe sport if players respect each other and coaches, trainers and officials know how to prevent and treat concussions. Tator encourages everyone in the game to complete an online training program posted by parachutecanada.org. It costs $5. The same course is also available on safeandfunhockey.ca.
Find out more about the campaign by visiting the Ottawa Citizen.