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Concussion Education/Baseline Concussion Testing
Submitted By s.fitzsimmons on Monday, September 30, 2013
CONCUSSION EDUCATION PRESENTATION

Hanover Minor Hockey is taking yet another pro-active role in the safety of our players through concussion education and introducing Baseline Concussion testing.

On Sunday, October 6th, 1:00pm-4:00pm we ask that all parents, coaches, trainers, players (pee wee, bantam, midget attendance is mandatory) throughout HMH attend this informative presentation by Stop Concussions and Shift Concussions in order to better understand and gain knowledge of one of the biggest sports epidemics of today! 



"Stopconcussions.com and Shift Concussion Management provides an advanced approach to concussion awareness and management. Formed in partnership by Stopconcussions.com, an organization founded by former Philadelphia Flyers captain, Keith Primeau, and the Shift Concussion Management Program, SCC is a leader in Concussion Care."

The event will be held at John Diefenbaker Secondary School in the main gym. The presentation is to begin at 1:00pm, the doors will be open at 12:30pm. A great presentation, refreshments and snacks, handouts, souvenirs, knowledge, are just a few of the many reasons to join us.

**Baseline Testing is not designed nor affective for ages under 10, therefore players from Mite-Atom do not have to attend the event. We do however encourage any player in these teams to attend, especially those in Atom who could possibly be Baseline tested next season**


BASELINE CONCUSSION TESTING

"Computerized neuropsycognitive testing for concussions has become increasingly popular in recent years and have been shown to have value in making the all-important return to play decision. They can detect subtle signs of cognitive impairment indicating that an athlete’s brain has not fully healed, even where the athlete claims his symptoms have cleared, the tests helps to protect young athletes against the risk of suffering a second concussion by returning too soon, which can lead to short- and long-term cognitive problems" (Stopconcussions.com)

This is a milestone for Hanover Minor Hockey ensuring we have a plan and management in circumstances of a concussion.

The baseline testing will be done in conjunction with presentation and will take place at the computer labs located in the school as well. We will start the event with a presentation directed more towards the players that will be approximately an 1 1/2hr, after that presentation Shift Concussions team of qualified personal will take all players from Peewee, Bantam, Midget to the computer lab to complete their baseline testing. (60 computers available, approximately 1 1/2hr to complete all testing).

**Hanover Minor Hockey has made the baseline testing mandatory for all players in Peewee, Bantam, Midget ages 10 and older for this season and seasons to come. We ask that these players must attend the event and complete the baseline testing. There is a consent form that must be completed and brought with you to complete the testing as well. I will attach the consent form to the email as well as distribute the form to the eligible teams for those of you who can not print it off.**


SCHEDULE

All approximate times:

*12:30pm-1:00pm: doors open for seating

*1:00pm-2:30pm: presentation by Stopconcussions and Shiftconcussion

*2:30pm-4:00pm: all eligible players will go do their baseline test. During this time the presenters will talk more into detail with parents, coaches, trainers, tell some stories, and answer all questions.


CLOSING NOTES

We would like this to be a positive experience for all parents and players. We truly believe in the benefits of this program and plan on continuing this season to season so we can all benefit from it. 
 
We encourage all of you to take the time between now and October 6th to check out these very reputable and professional companies that Hanover Minor Hockey has partnered up with to bring the safety of our kids to the next level.

Stopconcussions.com
Shiftconcussion.ca
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