Vancouver Minor Lacrosse Association

Concussion Information and Protocols

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Concussion testing and protocol

This year, VMLA is implementing mandatory concussion baseline testing for all players PeeWee and older, and we're strongly recommending baseline testing for all players in Novice and Tyke that are age 6 and above. Baseline testing evaluates things like balance, coordination and memory and this evaluation is used to assess how seriously a player is injured if they get hurt on or off the floor -- it is valid for 1 year, so this is a test that will need to be repeated every season. More info on the testing and general concussion info is in the video.

There is also an element of coach training to this program where coaches and/or first aid attendants will evaluate any suspected head injuries immesiately -- any player that does not pass the evaluation will need to be cleared by a doctor before returning to play.

We have set up two Sundays and one Monday (March 25, 31, April 7) @ Cambie and 12th Ave for group testing where any VMLA player is welcome to book a time to attend the approx 45 minute testing procedure.  The cost is $100 which is covered as a physiotherapy cost on most extended medical plans. You can book your appointment here. We really appreciate anyone who is able to book earlier as we expect the 7th to be really busy. If no dates work, you are able to book an individual assessment here, at a slightly higher cost (at any location).

This testing must be completed before players (PeeWee and above) can play a game.

If cost is an issue, please contact our Registrar, Melody, and we will find a way to ensure your child receives this testing.

VMLA is excited to be a leader concussion health and in keeping our kids safer and we very much appreciate your support!

Thanks - and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

PS - If your child already has baseline testing done by CCMI or another tester, this is acceptable provided it is valid for the ENTIRE lacrosse season - please send this information to your team manager. If it expires during the season, then they will need to sign up for this testing.

 

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Concussion Baseline testing at Kids Physio Group
We are so excited that your association has decided to partner with Kids Physio Group! We will be completing Concussion baseline testing for your players on the following days:
Monday, March 25th
Sunday, March 31st
Sunday, April 7th
CLICK HERE TO BOOK
Baseline Testing Information

Dates: March 25th & 31st, April 7th
Location: Cambie Kids Physio Unit 155, 555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC
Parking: Underground parking at City Square Mall, we will validate your parking ticket
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Price: $100 each, this can be submitted to your extended health benefits

Booking Your Baseline Test

  1. Click here to access our online booking site
  2. Select your preferred date
  3. Choose a time that works for you
  4. Follow the prompts to complete registration

Why is baseline testing important?

Baseline testing measures all the areas of brain function that could be affected from a concussion. If and when an athlete sustains a concussion, we can compare their post-injury state to their baseline parameters.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK
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Please watch the video and read the information below to learn more:
What is a concussion?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7YxkIcs1Hw

What is baseline testing?

Baseline testing is a term used to describe a series of physical and
cognitive tests designed to provide a pre-injury overview of an
individual’s healthy brain function. The purpose of these tests is to
provide clinicians with an objective benchmark on which to compare
should an athlete sustain a concussion. As the symptoms of concussion
will often dissipate days to weeks before the brain has recovered,
having objective baseline information provides clinicians with valuable
information that can help to make safer return to play decisions.

It’s important to note that baseline testing MUST include multiple
different tests in order to test various areas of the brain. Baseline tests
consisting of only 1-2 assessments or only online testing have been
shown to be insufficient and can put athletes at risk to be returned to
sport too soon.

What are the risks associated with concussion?
Research has established that the IMPROPER management of
concussion, or more specifically, receiving a second concussion prior to
full recovery of the first, can lead to long-term brain damage, severe
brain injury and potentially even death.

The good news is that having one concussion has not yet been shown
to produce any serious long-term effects across numerous studies.
Multiple studies have also demonstrated that when a second
concussion happens after the brain has fully recovered, there is little to
no additive or cumulative effect.
Therefore the concern surrounding concussion is significantly
reduced provided these injuries are managed appropriately and
ensuring full BRAIN recovery (NOT symptom recovery), prior to
returning to sport!

Is there treatment for concussions?

Rest is important in the first few days following a concussion, however
recent evidence demonstrates that prolonged rest can actually
increase your chance of developing lingering symptoms. Although,
there have been no studies that have shown the effectiveness of any
medications for concussion, research has established that
rehabilitation for your vision, balance system, cardiovascular system,
and treatment on the neck may be more effective in reducing
symptoms and significantly improving recovery time following
concussion. For the best outcomes, ensure you are working with a
health-care provider who is trained and experienced in the treatment
and management of concussions.

Concussion testing and protocol

Hi Parents - Hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather!

First of all, thanks so much to those of you that answered the call to take the coaching course so you can be "gate openers" - the response was overwhelming and we really appreciate it!!!

Switching gears, We would like to talk about player safety and the concussion protocol VMLA and BC Lacrosse has put in place to ensure the safety of our kids:

This year, VMLA is implementing mandatory concussion baseline testing for all players PeeWee and older, and we're strongly recommending baseline testing for all players in Novice and Tyke that are age 6 and above. Baseline testing evaluates things like balance, coordination and memory and this evaluation is used to assess how seriously a player is injured if they get hurt on or off the floor -- it is valid for 1 year, so this is a test that will need to be repeated every season. More info on the testing and general concussion info is in the video.

There is also an element of coach training to this program where coaches and/or first aid attendants will evaluate any suspected head injuries immesiately -- any player that does not pass the evaluation will need to be cleared by a doctor before returning to play.

We have set up two Sundays and one Monday (March 25, 31, April 7) @ Cambie and 12th Ave for group testing where any VMLA player is welcome to book a time to attend the approx 45 minute testing procedure.  The cost is $100 which is covered as a physiotherapy cost on most extended medical plans. You can book your appointment here. We really appreciate anyone who is able to book earlier as we expect the 7th to be really busy. If no dates work, you are able to book an individual assessment here, at a slightly higher cost (at any location).

This testing must be completed before players (PeeWee and above) can play a game.

If cost is an issue, please contact our Registrar, Melody, and we will find a way to ensure your child receives this testing.

VMLA is excited to be a leader concussion health and in keeping our kids safer and we very much appreciate your support!

Thanks - and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

PS - If your child already has baseline testing done by CCMI or another tester, this is acceptable provided it is valid for the ENTIRE lacrosse season - please send this information to your team manager. If it expires during the season, then they will need to sign up for this testing.

 

View this email in your browser
Concussion Baseline testing at Kids Physio Group
We are so excited that your association has decided to partner with Kids Physio Group! We will be completing Concussion baseline testing for your players on the following days:
Monday, March 25th
Sunday, March 31st
Sunday, April 7th
CLICK HERE TO BOOK
Baseline Testing Information

Dates: March 25th & 31st, April 7th
Location: Cambie Kids Physio Unit 155, 555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC
Parking: Underground parking at City Square Mall, we will validate your parking ticket
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Price: $100 each, this can be submitted to your extended health benefits

Booking Your Baseline Test

  1. Click here to access our online booking site
  2. Select your preferred date
  3. Choose a time that works for you
  4. Follow the prompts to complete registration

Why is baseline testing important?

Baseline testing measures all the areas of brain function that could be affected from a concussion. If and when an athlete sustains a concussion, we can compare their post-injury state to their baseline parameters.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK
Copyright © 2017 Kids Physio Group, All rights reserved.