Starting in 2020 all athletes under 26 years of age, parents of athletes under 18, Team Officials confirm every year that they have:
- review Ontario’s Concussion Awareness Resources. Can be found at this link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/rowans-law-concussion-awareness-resources
- Athletes/parents of athletes to read and sign the Concussion Code of Conduct for Athletes & Parents/Guardians
- Team Officials to read and sign the Concussion Code of Conduct for Coaches and Team Trainers
Forms to be signed (electronic click/check or physical signature) PRIOR to participating in their sport. Club is to maintain record.
Coach / Manager Information
Please provide Coach / Manager information.
I can help prevent concussions through my:
• Efforts to ensure that my athletes wear the proper equipment and wear it correctly.
• Efforts to help my athletes develop their skills and strength so they can participate to the best of their abilities.
• Respect for the rules of my sport or activity and efforts to ensure that my athletes do, too.
• Commitment to fair play and respect for all (respecting other coaches, team trainers, officials and all participants and ensuring my athletes respect others and play fair).*
I will care for the health and safety of all participants by taking concussions seriously. I understand that:
• A concussion is a brain injury that can have both short- and long-term effects.
• A blow to the head, face, or neck, or a blow to the body may cause the brain to move around inside the skull and result in a concussion.
• A person doesn’t need to lose consciousness to have had a concussion.
• An athlete with a suspected concussion should stop participating in training, practice or competition immediately.
• I have a commitment to concussion recognition and reporting, including self-reporting of possible concussion and reporting to a designated person when an individual suspects that another individual may have sustained a concussion. *
• Continuing to participate in further training, practice or competition with a suspected concussion increases a person’s risk of more severe, longer lasting symptoms, and increases their risk of other injuries or even death.
I will create an environment where participants feel safe and comfortable speaking up. I will:
• Encourage athletes not to hide their symptoms, but to tell me, an official, parent or another adult they trust if they experience any symptoms of concussion after an impact.
• Lead by example. I will tell a fellow coach, official, team trainer and seek medical attention by a physician or nurse practitioner if I am experiencing any concussion symptoms.
• Understand and respect that any athlete with a suspected concussion must be removed from sport and not permitted to return until they undergo a medical assessment by a physician or nurse practitioner and have been medically cleared to return to training, practice or competition.
• For coaches only: Commit to providing opportunities before and after each training, practice and competition to enable athletes to discuss potential issues related to concussions. *
I will support all participants to take the time they need to recover.
• I understand my commitment to supporting the return-to-sport process. *
• I understand the athletes will have to be cleared by a physician or nurse practitioner before returning to sport.
• I will respect my fellow coaches, team trainers, parents, physicians and nurse practitioners and any decisions made with regards to the health and safety of my athletes.