AFHL gets CrashCourse in battling concussions

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But with the addition of CrashCourse, Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s manager of female hockey, said this could provide potentially more accurate tracking moving forward.

“We thought it was absolutely fantastic to be able to offer it to our athletes with the already existing program we have through HeadCheck,” Newell said. “I think it’s a great innovative way to provide young athletes with some information on what head injuries can feel like, can look like, so they’re aware of maybe some potential symptoms than they have been in the past.”

It’ll also help determine when injuries occur (in practice or games) and their severity to further mitigate risk and support athlete recovery. The integration of CrashCourse into HeadCheck will allow both organizations to work together to change the culture of concussion safety in sport.

“Last year was our first year (utilizing HeadCheck), so now we have a baseline of what we see in terms of injuries,” Newell said. “Now it gives us as a league, through an overall report (from HeadCheck) on how many potential head injuries there were, how many diagnosed head injuries there were, the time it took for them to return. It gives us the opportunity to look at it and say, ‘Wow, we’ve got a lot of injuries in this division and not a lot in this division,’ so we can provide more development or support to the coaches and players and parents to help make the game safer for our athletes.”

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