The NHL may be stalled in Canada, but not the sport.
That was evident late this week when Hockey Canada launched free concussion awareness apps for smartphones and tablets.
The Hockey Canada Concussion Awareness apps, which are endorsed by Team Canada alumnus Sidney Crosby, are available in both English and French, with versions for adults and kids. The apps include “a variety of resources and information on concussions, focusing on prevention, respect, rules, symptoms and return to play protocol. All these apps are available for Blackberry, iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded free on several websites and platforms including www.HockeyCanada.ca, Blackberry’s App World, iTunes and Google Play Store.”
“This app has a variety of very useful information on concussions for parents, players, officials and volunteers,” said Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson. “Download this app to your phone or tablet today, and you will have concussion information on prevention, rules, symptoms and ‘return to play’ protocol at your fingertips.”
Crosby added: “I feel very fortunate that hockey has been part of my life since I was very young and admire Hockey Canada’s commitment to educating families and players about all aspects of the game. It is important to always give your best effort and yet always be respectful of everyone on the ice. Be smart, stay safe and have fun.”
One version of the Hockey Canada concussion awareness app was developed for kids, “and is a great tool to teach children how to prevent concussions through respect and playing by the rules,” according to the association. “The app also puts important concussion information into easy to follow information for young players. It also contains an interactive game that features Hockey Canada’s mascot, Puckster.
“This Hockey Canada initiative is part of a national project bringing together Hockey Canada, ThinkFirst Pensez d’Abord Canada (TFC), a program of Parachute, leaders in injury prevention, the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Sport (CCES) and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). The project is aimed at reducing brain injuries in team sports in Canada and is funded in part by the federal government through its Active and Safe Initiative.”
For more information on Hockey Canada, its programs and concussion awareness, visit www.hockeycanada.ca/apps