The Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association (TLGHA) takes the matter of player safety very seriously. Injuries, including concussions, are a concern in all sport and recreational activities and we strive to minimize the risk.
Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 is legislation in Ontario to protect amateur athletes and make sport safer. There are mandatory requirements that call for:
- Annual review of concussion awareness resources that help prevent, identify and manage concussions, which athletes, coaches, educators and parents will review each year when registering. TLGHA requests all participants review the Hockey Canada Concussion Card.
- Removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols, to ensure that an athlete is immediately removed from sport if they are suspected of having sustained a concussion and giving them the time required to heal properly. TLGHA trainer’s follow the “when in doubt sit them out” guideline. Resources in TLGHA Concussion section include TLGHA Injury Policy and TLGHA return-to-sport form.
- A concussion code of conduct that would set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sport. TLGHA has certified trainer’s and bench staff, required equipment and guidelines that are working toward minimizing the risk in hockey. TLGHA has concussion review session each year for our volunteers.
For many years the TLGHA has partnered with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, world leaders in research and treatment of paediatric concussion. We are fortunate to have them in our neighbourhood conducting research and providing assessment and treatment services to our community.
Concussion Information Websites
Hockey Canada Concussion Card
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Concussions, this website has links to many ministry approved concussion websites.
Holland Bloorview Concussion Handbook