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Concussions in Hockey
Submitted By Bob Richards on Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Did you know that the most common injury in hockey is a concussion? Did you know that a concussion is considered a traumatic injury to soft tissue of the brain? Concussions can produce a wide array of symptoms, which poses a challenge for coaches, trainers, parents, and health professionals involved in the care of an injured athlete. The time-course for recovery also varies widely from athlete to athlete, making it impossible to employ a “cookie-cutter” approach to concussion rehabilitation and return-to-play timelines.

Kincardine Minor Hockey along with the expert staff at Joint Physiotherapy (Kincardine) is offering FREE Baseline Concussion Testing for all players aged 10 and over or who will be 10 by the end of the 2015/2016 hockey season.
Baseline values can vary widely from one athlete to the next, and in young developing athletes, these measures can change dramatically from year to year. It is therefore important to have record of each player’s baseline level of physical and neurocognitive functioning before the start of each season. Should an athlete sustain a concussion during the season, Joint Physiotherapy has the ability to compare post-injury testing to baseline values. This allows for a more accurate and objective assessment an otherwise elusive injury, and provides important information when making return-to-play decisions.
If you would like your child to participate in this testing, please contact Bob Richards (KMHA Head Trainer) at [email protected] no later than August 15th 2015 for more information and to be put on the list.
The intention is to have the testing completed in mid-September prior to the start of the 2015/2016 hockey season.
Once the list of participants is compiled; you will receive an information package as well as a testing date and appointment time.
For more information on concussions – please click on the links below. http://www.medicinenet.com/brain_concussion/article.htm
http://www.shiftconcussion.ca/
http://www.jointpt.com/concussion.html
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