Concussions (Unionville Minor Hockey Association)


The UMHA wants Parents, Players, Coaches and all Volunteers to be aware of the importance of understanding what a concussion is and what steps need to be taken if a concussion is suspected and/or a concussion has been confirmed by a physician.

Whether or not the concussion has taken place on the ice or somewhere else, it is crucial that medical treatment is sought out, the advice of the physician be followed and “Return to Play/Learn” steps be completed.

One of the most IMPORTANT things to remember is that if there is a hit to the head a concussion should always be suspected, even if there are no immediate symptoms.  Symptoms of a concussion can appear anytime from the time of the incident and up to 72 hours later.  Always seek medical advice immediately.  Not seeking medical advice and/or following medical advice can be life threatening.

Players who have been absent from hockey due to a concussion must follow the "return to play" steps.  These include:
1.  A note from a physician stating that the player can return to hockey
2.  The note must be given to the division convenor or coach prior to going on the ice
3.  All players returning to the game must first attend a team practice

The UMHA hosted a Hockey 101 session about Concussions. The presenters were Andrea Winarski (Head Trainer for UMHA) and Elisabeth White (RN, NP Neurosurgery Outreach Sick Kids and a UMHA parent of a child in Novice).  Please go to "About Concussions" to find information from the presentation.

UMHA Hockey is for Kids…let’s keep our kids safe!!!

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