The Alberta Junior Hockey League announced today that it’s continuing a commitment to advance player safety standards by taking part in the CJHL Concussion Program supported by The Co-operators. The new national program provides the league with innovative concussion management software from HeadCheck Health, Inc. for use with their concussion protocol.
The AJHL’s concussion protocol establishes mandatory guidelines for the recognition, assessment, and management of concussion. HeadCheck’s mobile and web-based software provides AJHL teams with more advanced tools to follow that protocol. The net result will be a safer environment for all players.
Ryan Bartoshyk, AJHL Commissioner, said, “Improving player safety is a team effort and concussion safety requires collaboration, especially at the junior hockey level. The use of HeadCheck gives our trainers and medical personnel additional tools and resources needed to make informed decisions on the health and safety of our players.”
Team trainers can use HeadCheck’s mobile app to document suspected concussions, perform concussion assessments and transfer the information collected to medical professionals and partner clinics. The national program allows a player’s concussion history to transfer with them from team-to-team or league-to-league for more informed care.
“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.
Harrison Brown, Co-Founder, and CEO of HeadCheck Health, said, “We are excited that the AJHL is aligned on a shared mission to create a safer environment for all players in the league. We feel the use of our software will allow the league to continuously make concussion safety improvements and stay out in front of the issue.”
All data collected through the HeadCheck system will be stored according to Canadian health privacy standards and will only be accessed by authorized individuals.