Concussion Resources

Concussion Resources

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In accordance with Ministry of Education Memorandum No. 158, 2018 – School Board Policies on Concussion, and Bill 193 – Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety) March 7, 2018, the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board recognizes any concussion as a serious injury which requires appropriate follow-up measures to reduce risk of potential additional injury. Concussion awareness, prevention, identification and management are a priority for the board.

Concussion Awareness Resources

Code of Conduct

for Athletes &Parents/Guardians of athletes under 18

I will help prevent concussions by:

  • Wearing the proper equipment for my sport and wearing it correctly.
  • Developing my skills and strength so that I can participate to the best of my ability.
  • Respecting the rules of my sport or activity.
  • My commitment to fair play and respect for all (respecting other athletes, coaches, team
    trainers and officials).

I will care for my health and safety by taking concussions seriously, and I understand
that:

  • A concussion is a brain injury that can have both short- and long-term effects.
  • A blow to my head, face or neck, or a blow to the body that causes the brain to move
    around inside the skull may cause a concussion.
  • I don’t need to lose consciousness to have had a concussion.
  • I have a commitment to concussion recognition and reporting, including self-reporting of
    possible concussion and reporting to a designated person when and individual suspects
    that another individual may have sustained a concussion. (Meaning: If I think I might
    have a concussion I should stop participating in further training, practice or competition
    immediately, or tell an adult if I think another athlete has a concussion).
  • Continuing to participate in further training, practice or competition with a possible
    concussion increases my risk of more severe, longer lasting symptoms, and increases
    my risk of other injuries.

I will not hide concussion symptoms. I will speak up for myself and others.

  • I will not hide my symptoms. I will tell a coach, official, team trainer, parent or another
    adult I trust if I experience any symptoms of concussion.
  • If someone else tells me about concussion symptoms, or I see signs they might have a
    concussion, I will tell a coach, official, team trainer, parent or another adult I trust so they
    can help.
  • I understand that if I have a suspected concussion, I will be removed from sport and that I will not be able to return to training, practice or competition until I undergo a medical © 2019 Ophea | Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education assessment by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner and have been medically cleared to return to training, practice or competition.
  • I have a commitment to sharing any pertinent information regarding incidents of removal
    from sport with the athlete’s school and any other sport organization with which the
    athlete has registered* (Meaning: If I am diagnosed with a concussion, I understand that
    letting all of my other coaches and teachers know about my injury will help them support
    me while I recover.)

I will take the time I need to recover, because it is important for my health.

  • I understand my commitment to supporting the Return to School process.
  • I understand I will have to be medically cleared by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner
    before returning to physical activity.
  • I will respect my coaches, team trainers, parents, health-care professionals, and medical
    doctors and nurse practitioners, regarding my health and safety.

I will help prevent concussions, through my:

  • Commitment to zero-tolerance for prohibited play that is considered high risk for causing
    concussions.
  • Acknowledgement of mandatory expulsion from competition for violating zero-tolerance
    for prohibited play that is considered high risk for causing concussions (Meaning: I will
    be disqualified/expelled from play if I violate the zero-tolerance policy).
  • Acknowledgement of the escalating consequences for those who repeatedly violate the
    Concussion Code of Conduct.