Risk Management


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.

 

EPact:

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. 

Using EPact:

  • Each player's family receives an email inviting them to use Epact.
  • Families create their EPact Account, entering required details such as medical needs, emergency contacts, injury history which previously were collected on paper forms. 
  • Families securely connect with the AMHA, their child's coach, manager and HCSP to allow access to your child's emergency information. 
  • Families can update EPact at anytime during the year and your child's HCSP and Coaches will be automatically updated.
  • EPact maintains the same level of security as online banking while providing anytime, and updated access via mobile or the web. If medical informaiton or contact details are needed at practice, at a game or on the road, EPact is available and there.

 

Hockey Canada Safety Program (HCSP)

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 minimum age for participants is 19 years of age as of December 31 of the current season
  • HCSP expires after three (3) years
  • It is mandatory to have at least one (1) certified official on each team
  • HCSP must be completed by December 1 of the current season
  • All teams intending to participate in BC Hockey Championships, must include an official accredited in the HCSP by December 1 of the current season

 

Concussion Management

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.

CATT (Concussion Awareness Training Tool)

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 

Complete Concussion Management Inc.

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.

Through CCMI clinics athletes are recommended to take a preseason baseline test. The CCMI baseline test is a very comprehensive test that includes 9 different tests to give clinicians the information they need to make a more informed RTP decision in the scenario athletes receive a concussion. More importantly, because are baseline test is as comprehensive as it is these tests are covered through secondary health benefits, thus eliminating any extra costs for parents/athletes. We also provide assistance programs for low income families. For those families, we simply provide a one-page document in which they fill out and those that qualify are provided the baseline test for free. Also, keep in mind Hockey Canada does subsidize $500 to athletes who are injured under their liability which would cover all post-injury treatment costs. 
 
Each CCMI clinic provides a multi-disciplinary treatment approach thus being able to treat each injured athletes in the most appropriate manner. Treatment strategies could include manual therapy, exercise therapy, vestibular therapy, visual therapy, nutritional information and more. The best indicator for a proper and speedy recovery is early diagnosis, treatment and education. Through CCMI we get your athletes into see a concussion specialist within 24-48 hours after injury for diagnosis, athlete education and the start of a proper treatment program.
 
The CCMI program also provides a Concussion Tracker App to improve communication for all stakeholders from athletes to parents to coaches to clinicians. The idea is to improve reporting and tracking of injuries and providing the necessary education to all those involved in the process. I have attached a document to this email that helps to better explain how the app keeps all those involved informed about the athletes recovery process.
 
Alongside of other online education tools, CCMI also provides an Sideline Concussion Course for parents, coaches and trainers that provides education for those on the sidelines to better recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion and appropriate steps to take when a concussion injury occurs. I have attached the itinerary for our Sideline Course. I can also setup a coupon code for you if you wish to take the course. 
 
For more information please visit www.completeconcussions.com
 

Other Risk Management Resources

Respect In Sport (Formerly Speak Out)

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/

Hockey Canada Injury Claims

For more information about injury claims, please visit BC Hockey site here. and/or download the form Hockey Canada Injury Report Form 2012-05-17.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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