Memo from Ringette Canada:
Ringette Canada has completed the compulsory updates to its Concussion policy and Management Guidelines, following the work completed by the Canadian Federal Government. The Canadian Harmonized Sport Concussion Protocol includes templates for sports organizations to use and sportify.
As part of the continued effort to increase awareness and educate athletes regarding the dangers of concussions, the Canadian Harmonized Sport Concussion Protocol includes a Pre-Season Education Sheet. With a focus on athlete awareness, Ringette Canada is implementing the use of this Pre-Season Education Sheet as part of its commitment to increasing awareness and education of concussions. Ringette Canada will be requiring that all athletes read and sign off on this sheet for all programs under our jurisdiction.
We strongly encourage provinces and clubs to implement this procedure with their players and athletes. The process includes the following:
- Distribution of the Pre-Season Education Sheet to all players and athletes;
- Method or process that the confirms that the player or athlete has read and understands the information on the Pre-Season Education Sheet;
- In the case where a player or athlete is under the age of majority, ensure parent or legal guardian signature is also included;
- Return of all forms to the team head coach for review.
For more information on Ringette Canada’s Concussion Management Guidelines and access to other forms pertaining to Concussions, as well as links, please click on our Concussion page, here.