Oct 01

Concussions in Minor Hockey

As reported in the Globe and Mail (March 4 2014) “A new survey conducted on behalf of the Rick Hansen Institute says that four out of five Canadian adults consider the national game an excellent activity for children, but:

87 per cent feel that hockey carries a “significant risk” of head, neck and brain injury, higher than football (82 per cent), skiing/snowboarding (74 per cent) or soccer (28 per cent).”

With such a high level of concern prevention is a foremost consideration for minor hockey. Most minor hockey association in Ontario disallow body checking in the 12 years of age and younger age groups thus greatly reducing the chance of concussions in these groups..

However, concussions are still of high concern in older age groups, especially at the A, AA and AAA levels.

The conversation about hockey head injuries—why they happen and what to do about it—escalated after Sidney Crosby struggled with concussion symptoms after two hits in 2011. Hockey Canada put out a concussion-awareness app, endorsed by Crosby, as a resource for kids and adults. In 2013, the government launched a multi-million-dollar initiative funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study the impact concussions have on the paediatric brain. We’re beginning to understand how damaging this common type of head trauma is.

If an athlete is suspected of sustaining a concussion during competitive play, a Panno Medical Inc. employee will follow the athlete from post injury evaluation, through the Six Step Return to Play protocol. We will ensure the athlete is seen by a qualified concussion specialist physician who can then determine the proper treatment plan to safely return the athlete to competition.

If you are serious about concussion care of student athletes consider Panno Medical Inc.