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