“Player safety is our number one priority,” said Brent Ladds, President of the CJHL. “The long-term effects of concussions are a growing concern for our organization, our athletes and their families. This is a major milestone for improving concussion management standards in junior hockey. We are grateful to the SJHL Assistance Program which provided the foundation for this program. Thanks to the partnership with The Co-operators we are able to make it available to our players across the league.”
Although most individuals who suffer concussion recover without lasting effect, research shows that 10–20% of concussion patientsmay face a difficult recovery, sometimes leading to mental health issues.
“We recognize that junior hockey players can be vulnerable to concussions because they’re playing a contact sport. We want to support them as they pursue their hockey careers by providing an extra safety net with this concussion program,” said Kevin Daniel, Executive Vice President at Co-operators Life Insurance Company. “We see supporting initiatives like this that protect mental health, especially for youth, as an essential part of our commitment to building healthier, more sustainable communities. We’re proud to work with the CJHL on this national concussion program to provide peace of mind for parents, players and the league.”
The CJHL Concussion Program will use innovative mobile and web-based software from HeadCheck Health, Inc. (HeadCheck) that will allow team trainers to perform the concussion protocol and the league to monitor compliance. Under the new program, a player’s concussion history will be digitally tracked and transferred with them for more informed healthcare decisions. “We look forward to working with the CJHL to ensure that all players, regardless of team or skill level, will be afforded the same level of concussion care, said Harrison Brown, CEO of HeadCheck. “We’re very pleased that The Co-operators are aligned in our mission of improving player safety.”
HeadCheck and the CJHL will regularly review aggregate data and continuously improve the program.
About The CJHL
The Canadian Junior Hockey League is a national organization comprised of 10 Junior A hockey leagues in Canada. The CJHL represents 133 teams and more than 3,000 players. The CJHL operates under the auspices of the Hockey Canada Branch structure and is a member in good standing within Hockey Canada.The CJHL is the only sanctioned Junior A Hockey League in Canada and has over 3,000 alumni furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college levels across North America. The CJHL is comprised of the BCHL, AJHL, SJHL, MJHL, SIJHL, NOJHL, OJHL, LHJQ, CCHL, and MHL. For more information on CJHL please visit http://www.cjhlhockey.com
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian co-operative with more than $41 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt and Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. For more information, visit www.cooperators.ca.
About HeadCheck Health, Inc
HeadCheck provides concussion management software that is customized to the requirements of any concussion policy. A mobile app can be used to document suspected concussions, run concussion assessments and track an athlete’s concussion history. An enhanced web dashboard provides an overview of testing activity, more thorough athlete management, and the monitoring of concussion policy adherence. The system provides medical and non-medical roles to support the varying medical qualifications of individuals working with teams. All data is securely stored and meets the latest health privacy standards. Over 400 organizations across North America use HeadCheck as their primary tool for concussion management, including the CJHL, BC Hockey, UBC, Edmonton Oil Kings, BC Rugby, Eastern Washington University, Rugby Ontario, St. George’s School, and Okotoks Minor Hockey.