The SMHA is fully behind all steps to reduce the opportunity for concussions in our players. We are also very strict on making sure that coaches and parents understand the protocols required before an athlete can return to hockey.
The SMHA is proactive in this area and in 2011-2012 were one of only three minor hockey associations in Canada piloting the Safebrain helmet technology. These devices trach g-force on any hits to the head or whiplash effects on players. Please click here for a link to more on this initiative.
This Concussion Awareness Card is an excellent tool for coaches and teams to utilize. All SMHA teams are provided with this resource as part of the Coach's pre-season coaching package.
Here is a link to the Hockey Canada Concussion Awareness pages on their website.
Hockey Canada Concussion Awareness
Click here for the SHA Return to Play Policy established spring 2012