Hockey Canada Releases Concussion Awareness App for BlackBerry
Hockey Canada has announced a new app aimed at reducing brain injuries in the sport of Hockey.
The app is available in both English and French, with versions for adults and kids. The app includes medically approved information on everything from concussion symptoms to return-to-play protocol.
“You can have your phone on the bench — it’s that close,” said Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson. “It’s right in the (coach or trainer’s) hands.”
The app was a joint project with the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Sport, the Coaching Association of Canada and ThinkFirst Pensez d’Abord Canada. It was funded by a $1.5-million grant from the federal government.
“There are two different targets here,” he said. “We’re hopeful that coaches will have it on the bench and players will watch it in dressing rooms. With that, we’re really trying to make sure that we get to everyone involved in the game in Canada.”
Hockey Canada has the ability to update it immediately with any new advances made in the industry. The app could be used as a resource for not only coaches and parents, but young players as well.
Concussions seem to be a regular occurrence, but Hockey Canada doesn’t have any formal statistics on the matter. ”We just know that it is happening a lot,” said Nicholson. ”Hopefully, this (app) is going to spread not just in Canada, but throughout the world,” he added.