Thursday, October 25, 2012
Hockey Canada launched free concussion awareness apps for smartphones and tablets Thursday with the endorsement and support of Team Canada alumnus Sidney Crosby.
The Hockey Canada Concussion Awareness apps are available in both English and French, with versions for both adults and kids. The apps include a variety of resources and information on concussions, focusing on prevention, respect, rules, symptoms and return to play protocol. The apps are available for Blackberry, iOS and Andriod devices and can be downloaded free on several websites and platforms including Hockey Canada, Blackberry’s App World, iTunes and Google Play Store.
“This app has a variety of very useful information on concussions for parents, players, officials and volunteers,” said Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson. “Download this app to your phone or tablet today and you will have concussion information on prevention, rules, symptoms and ‘return to play’ protocol at your fingertips.”
“I feel very fortunate that hockey has been part of my life since I was very young and admire Hockey Canada’s commitment to educating families and players about all aspects of the game,” said Crosby. “It is important to always give your best effort and yet always be respectful of everyone on the ice. Be smart, stay safe and have fun.”
“This is a great tool to use if there is a concern that a player may have a concussion,” commented BC Hockey branch coordinator for safety/risk management Anne Deitch. “It provides readily available lists of signs, symptoms, what questions to ask and a list of resources in their area should the user have further questions. The children’s app educates young players on the signs and symptoms in a fun way to help them understand why they should not mask or ignore concussion signs.”
One version of the Hockey Canada concussion awareness app was developed for kids, and is a great tool to teach children how to prevent concussion through respect and playing by the rules. The app also puts important concussion information into easy to follow information for young players. It also contains an interactive game that features Hockey Canada’s mascot, Puckster.
This Hockey Canada initiative is part of a national project bringing together Hockey Canada, ThinkFirst Pensez d’Abord Canada (TFC), a program of Parachute, leaders in injury prevention, the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Sport (CCES) and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). The project is aimed at reducing brain injuries in team sports in Canada and is funded in part by the federal government through its Active and Safe Initiative.
The project partners envision a country where all Canadian children and youth have access to safe team sport activities. It is expected that in collaboration with Canadian governments and their community partners, they can accomplish much over the next few years by focusing its collective efforts.
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