GTHL Concussion Policy
At the start of the 2016-17 season, the GTHL, in conjunction with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, implemented a policy surrounding concussions. This policy is one of the most comprehensive concussion policies to date for minor sports in Ontario.
The GTHL has taken measures to become a leader in concussion prevention and education to prioritize the safety of its players. The concussion policy ensures players who are suspected to have sustained a concussion during GTHL activity do not return before being medically cleared by a professional. Additionally, this policy provides a structured outline on how team officials can identify suspected concussions, provides pathways for all players with suspected concussion to seek medical attention, as well as a hockey specific return to play protocol that ensures all members of the GTHL community are equipped with the tools needed to identify, manage, and prevent concussion.
Helpful resources during concussion recovery
NOTE: All resources and education pieces pertaining to concussions are helpful, however, the GTHL asks all participants reviewing additional resources to ensure the League GTHL Concussion Policy and Return to Play protocol takes precedent.
Coaches Association of Ontario – Rowan’s Law Concussion Toolkit
This Toolkit provides Ontario Coaches with the relevant tools and materials to support the use of consistent concussion protocols across all sport settings. It is aligned with the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport and Rowan’s Law.
Concussion services at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital: