This toolkit was created to support healthy minds at play. Whether you’re a caregiver, athlete, or coach, we all play a part in recognizing and responding to concussions. Learn more about your role in concussion safety below.
The role of your sport association is to ensure everyone follows the rules of safe and fair play. Executive members of the association are responsible for reviewing and updating their concussion protocols and aligning them with the most current best-practice guidelines. They are also responsible for ensuring that members maintain current training standards.
Coaches play a key role in creating a safe and positive atmosphere in all sports. They are responsible for staying up to date on concussion training to assist in preventing, recognizing, and managing concussions. This includes support for a safe and gradual return to sport.
To support coaches volunteering their time during the busy season, the PHU is offering a concussion clipboard package. If you are interested in receiving information for this initiative and securing a board for yourself, please email the Injury Prevention Team at the Porcupine Health Unit, at [email protected].
The conversation starts at home. Make your children aware of the importance of wearing properly fitted equipment and show them how to properly adjust their helmet. Remind them how important the brain is to the rest of their body. Encourage your child to speak up if they get hurt.
If you’re an athlete, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and wear proper fitting equipment. Being familiar with the symptoms of a concussion and speaking up when getting hurt is the first step of concussion safety. When in doubt, sit it out.
Teachers and educators play an important role in helping students return to school after a concussion.
By visiting our Educator page you will find tools to assist you in: