Hockey Positive Community Norms (PCN)
We love hockey! We also value your bucket over the biscuit. Project BrainSafe is launching an exciting new project centered around concussions in youth contact sports.
Research shows that a significant number of concussions go unreported. This can be for many reasons, including how athletes think their teammates, parents and/or coaches would feel about them reporting a concussion and possibly missing playing time.
- Could there be athletes who would avoid reporting a concussion because they think they’d let their teammates, coaches and/or parents down if they have to sit out a few games?
- What if they come to find out that these groups are supportive of a proper recovery, even if it means taking the bench for a while?
- Would athletes be more likely to report suspected injuries?
Project BrainSafe is partnering with the St. Cloud Youth Hockey League Association to launch the Positive Community Norms (PCN) program with St. Cloud’s athletes, coaches and parents.We know that there may be misperceptions between how these groups are perceived and their actual beliefs and feelings about concussion reporting and management. As part of this program, Project BrainSafe will be addressing perceived and actual norms by anonymously surveying St. Cloud Youth Hockey League athletes, parents and coaches. We will also be displaying visuals known as "Spirit Messages" that promote concussion awareness through positive messaging.
The data we collect from the anonymous surveys will be shared with the St. Cloud Youth Hockey League Association Board, and we will work alongside them to:
- Identify and reinforce actual positive values, beliefs and attitudes
- Discuss opportunities for concussion education
- Create a culture of safe, responsible and supportive play
The more we learn — the more we will share with hockey families all over Central Minnesota.
Standardizing Concussion Care
Project BrainSafe continuously strives to make Central Minnesota a “Concussion-Safe Community” through the implementation of comprehensive initiatives focusing on education, standards of care, research, policy and system changes, and sustainability.
We are a community-wide initiative focused on improving the care for patients of all ages with concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). The Project BrainSafe collaborative members and outside partners, including primary care, vision, and rehabilitation providers, have worked diligently in the last several years to establish standards of care for evaluation and early management to minimize long term sequelae; to determine best practices for treatment and referrals for patients whose recovery is protracting.
Project BrainSafe initiatives have driven provider education and defined standards of care according to best practices, as well as standardized safe and consistent Return to Learn and Return to Play care plans. We have focused on improving access to care and increasing awareness across culturally diverse populations. Our goal is lasting, sustainable transformation for all diverse populations in the region in concussion management and care. Our initiatives are innovative, replicable and will make a lasting impression for those affected by concussions and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Project BrainSafe strives to be the "go-to" organization for all concussion information, resources, tools and education in Central Minnesota.