FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
FOOTBALL BC TO PROVIDE FREE ONLINE CONCUSSION EDUCATION TRAINING FOR COACHES
BURNABY, B.C. – Football BC, working in conjunction with ThinkFirst Canada, will provide complimentary concussion education online training for all its member coaches beginning in the 2012 season.
Football BC will become the first provincial sport association in Canada to require all its member coaches to complete the ThinkFirst online coaches’ concussion training.
“Prevention of concussion is so important for our young athletes,” said Dr. Charles Tator, Founder of the ThinkFirst Foundation and Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and Toronto Western Hospital. “Football BC has been extremely proactive in injury prevention, and should be congratulated for its efforts in enhancing the knowledge of concussions among its coaches.”
Football BC member coaches who take the course will satisfy Football BC’s requirement that all coaches undergo yearly concussion education training as per its Concussion Policy that has been in place since June 2010.
A link to the course can be found at: http://bcfootball.concussioneducation.ca/default.php.
Media members are invited to take the online course. A unique pin number and password can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Football BC’s Concussion Policy can be found at: http://playfootball.bc.ca/pages/concussion.
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“Football BC is on the leading edge with its injury prevention initiatives through the mandatory education program for all football coaches on the recognition and management of sports concussion.
“Football is a great game but it does involve contact which in turn will result in some players sustaining concussions. By early recognition and proper treatment of concussion, the athlete will be able to return to play with the knowledge that the accepted protocol has been followed reducing the risk of long-term complications from a cerebral concussion.”
- Dr. Brian Hunt, ThinkFirst BC Director, Retired neurosurgeon
“I commend the actions Football BC has taken to ensure that athletes get the best possible care in the event of a concussion on the field. Ensuring that all coaches take the ThinkFirst online training is definitely a step in the right direction to raise the level of awareness and understanding around this invisible epidemic.”
- Dr. Shelina Babul-Wellar, Association Director of Sport Injury Prevention, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit
“As our understanding of concussions continues to evolve, it has become clear that education on detecting concussions early, and understanding its clinical features and guidelines on safe return to play are important for all individuals involved in the care of our athletes. Many studies have shown that the majority of severe brain injuries were preventable if parents, coaches, referees and administrators were made more knowledgeable about concussion risks.
“Congratulations go out to Football BC on being the first provincial sport association to mandate the ThinkFirst online concussion module for all its coaches. This is an important first step, along with many other measures in place at Football BC, to improve the health of our young athletes playing football.”
- Dr. Navin Prasad, Clinical Associate Professor at the Allan McGavin Sport Medicine Centre, Team Physician for BC Lions Football Club
“I think it’s an extremely important initiative and will help in education of the coaches and the players in recognition and management of concussion and will hopefully lead to decreasing the impact of this serious condition. I would congratulate Football BC on taking the initiative and implementing this new and far-reaching program.”
- Dr. Mike Wilkinson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Sport Medicine at UBC, Team Physician for Rugby Canada, Rowing Canada and the Vancouver Canucks