Ringette BC subscribes to the concussion program outlined in the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) for Parents, Players and Coaches.

Any coach found to have permitted a player to, or parent found to have encouraged their child to, continue with Ringette activities after that player has experienced a mechanism of injury that has caused a concussion or the player is displaying any of the common signs or symptoms of a concussion, will be subject to disciplinary procedures including suspension from membership in Ringette BC.

Our plan is to post onto this page information and internet links that you may find helpful in preventing, intervening and helping with a return to play.
We plan to keep this site’s information up to date but to do that, we require your help.  If you find a useful document or if you learn of a particularly effective video or training seminar, please notify Colin Ensworth, BCRA Sports Operations Manager.

The BCRA (pending as of 9 September 2014) Policy: Section I. Risk Management.

Part 3: Concussion Intervention.

3. Concussion Intervention

BC Ringette Association subscribes to the concussion program outlined in the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) for Parents, Players and Coaches.  Any coach found to have permitted a player to, or parent found to have encouraged their child to, continue with Ringette activities after that player has experienced a mechanism of injury that has caused a concussion or the player is displaying any of the common signs or symptoms of a concussion, will be subject to disciplinary procedures including suspension from membership in BC Ringette.

3.1. Education

Every Head Coach will complete the BCRA approved Concussion Awareness Training tool prior to the first game of each season.  The Association Registrars will collect documentation of completion and record the completion in Karelo.  Associations will include with their registration package a link to BCRA approved Concussion training.  The link is http://www.cattonline.com.  Use the Players, Parents, Coaches section.

BC Ringette will maintain the “Kids &Concussions card” with current information in consultation with the recognized expert physicians at BC Children’s Hospital.  The current Kids & Concussions card will be distributed by BC Ringette through its member Associations to every registered player’s family, to adult players, bench staffs and Officials.

3.2. Intervention

3.2.3. Any player who has experienced a mechanism of injury that may cause a concussion and/or displays any of the common signs or symptoms of a concussion will be assessed by the Head Coach making this assessment their highest priority.

3.2.4. Any player suspected of having a concussion will be immediately suspended from all Ringette activities.

3.2.5. Any player suspected of having a concussion must consult with a qualified physician as soon as possible.

3.3. Return to Play

Any player diagnosed with a concussion must complete the return to play program prescribed by a qualified physician.  (At a minimum, this will take 6 days.)  A player may return to play with the approval of their physician and provided they remain asymptomatic during on-ice activities.  If a player’s symptoms return after they have been cleared to return to play, that player must be reassessed by their physician as soon as possible after the symptoms return.

Recommended Resources and Links:

• Recommendations for policy development regarding sport-related concussion prevention and management in Canada: Click here

• The Canadian Concussion Collaborative (CCC)

• Guidelines for Pediatric Concussion

Coaching Canada

• Coaching Association of Canada

HockeyCanada concussion app NEW Oct 1 2015

GF Strong: Early Response Concussion Service for Adolescents (ERCS-A, age 12-18) and Adults (ERCS, age 18 and over).

The Adolescent program requires a Dr’s referral while adults can self-refer. As many ringette players are students, the return to learn process is extremely important. Our teachers are excellent at helping with this process. As return to school full-time is a requirement prior to the concussed athlete returning to the ice, it is important for coaches to help direct the students to the appropriate resources. The GF Strong phone number is 604-734-1313.  (submitted by Erin Crawford)