At the forefront of the AMHA is our goal to strive towards creating the safest environment possible for our players. As such the AMHA has created a list of resources for every team's HCSP (Hockey Canada Safety Person) and parents to continue to build knowledge around safety in our game.
The AMHA is committed to providing our Safety people (HCSP) and Parents the easiest and best support to manage player information. To assist with this mandate the AMHA is using EPact an online emergency network. The use of EPact is mandatory by all families of the AMHA. EPact connects our coacehes, managers, HCSP and players' families through a highly secure, online network, allowing us to access critical information and communicate in case of emergency. Wether it is an illness or injury to one of our players, or a power outage or evacuation, EPact helps better support our volunteers, members and families and connect to emergency contacts.
The Hockey Canada Safety Program utilizes a proactive, preventative, common sense approach to keeping our children safe. The goal of the program is for the safety people to implement effective risk management programs with their own teams where player safety is the first priority at all times, both on and off the ice.
The safety person is a volunteer who has received HCSP accreditation. The HCSP program must be successfully completed every three (3) years in order to be a team’s safety person, even if the individual is a medical professional.
Hockey Canada Safety Program (HCSP) Guidelines
The AMHA take Concussion Management seriously. There is so much still to learn about concussion management and the knowledge of treatment of concussions is changing so rapidly every parent/guardian should continue to update their knowledge about concussion management. As such the AMHA has compiled the following resources for parents and players to educate themselves on concussions and concussion management.
For the 2016/17 season, all minor hockey Team Officials were required to go through the CATT (Concussion Awareness Training Tool) program. The intent of the CATT is to assist Team Officials at recognizing signs of Concussions. For more information o this program please visit www.cattonline.com
For the 2017/18 season, the AMHA has partnered with CCMI (Complete Concussion Management Inc.) to provide an evidence based concussion program. CCMI is a network of 190 clinics across Canada, including 30+ across BC, that offer concussion diagnosis, testing, treatment, guided return to school and play programs and much more. Each clinic in our network is connected through our electronic medical record system so athletes are able to go to any clinic across the country. This is quite valuable especially for travelling athletes and standardizing proper treatment for all athletes across the country.
The CCMI program is completely evidence and research based, meaning we continually provide monthly research updates to all our our clinicians to further educate those in our network about new management strategies for concussion. Recently the Berlin Consensus on Concussion in Sport was released and the CCMI program fits the model perfectly. Over the past 4 years we have continued to be ahead of the curve in the space and will continue to do so over the next 4.
Respect in Sport is an online educational resource for Team Officials and Parents that provides online learning and certification around preventing abuse, bullying, and harassment. All Team Officials are required to be certified with the Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders and Coaches. Respect in Sport also offers a Parent program aimed at making sport a positive experience for their children. For more information on this program please visit http://respectinsport.com/
To Register for the Respect in Sport Program visit https://bch.respectgroupinc.com/