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Concussion Code of Conduct for Coaches, Team Trainers and Referees

I can help prevent concussions through my:

  • Efforts to ensure that my athletes wear the proper equipment and wear it correctly.
  • Efforts to help my athletes develop their skills and strength so they can participate to the best of their abilities.
  • Respect for the rules of my sport or activity and efforts to ensure that my athletes do, too.
  • Commitment to fair play and respect for all (respecting other coaches, team trainers, officials and all participants and ensuring my athletes respect others and play fair). *

I will care for the health and safety of all participants by taking concussions seriously. I understand that:

  1. A concussion is a brain injury that can have both short- and long-term effects.
  2. A blow to the head, face, or neck, or a blow to the body may cause the brain to move around inside the skull and result in a concussion.
  3. A person doesn’t need to lose consciousness to have had a concussion.
  4. An athlete with a suspected concussion should stop participating in training, practice or competition immediately.
  5. I have a commitment to concussion recognition and reporting, including self-reporting of possible concussion and reporting to a designated person when an individual suspects that another individual may have sustained a concussion. *
  6. Continuing to participate in further training, practice or competition with a suspected concussion increases a person’s risk of more severe, longer lasting symptoms, and increases their risk of other injuries or even death.

I will create an environment where participants feel safe and comfortable speaking up. I will:

  • Encourage athletes not to hide their symptoms, but to tell me, an official, parent or another adult they trust if they experience any symptoms of concussion after an impact.
  • Lead by example. I will tell a fellow coach, official, team trainer and seek medical attention by a physician or nurse practitioner if I am experiencing any concussion symptoms.
  • Understand and respect that any athlete with a suspected concussion must be removed from sport and not permitted to return until they undergo a medical assessment by a physician or nurse practitioner and have been medically cleared to return to training, practice or competition.
  • For coaches only: Commit to providing opportunities before and after each training, practice and competition to enable athletes to discuss potential issues related to concussions. *

I will support all participants to take the time they need to recover:

  • I understand my commitment to supporting the return-to-sport process. *
  • I understand the athletes will have to be cleared by a physician or nurse practitioner before returning to sport.  
  • I will respect my fellow coaches, team trainers, parents, physicians and nurse practitioners and any decisions made with regards to the health and safety of my athletes.

By signing here, I acknowledge that I have fully reviewed and commit to this Concussion Code of Conduct.

Resources:

OWP Concussion Policy http://www.ontariowaterpolo.ca/admin/files/2016%20Policies/OWP%20Concussion%20Policy.pdf

OWP Concussion Return to Play

http://www.ontariowaterpolo.ca/admin/files/2016%20Policies/Appendix%20B%20%20ReturnToPlayProtocoleWaterPoloENG.pdf

Rowan’s Law Concussion Awareness Resources

https://www.ontario.ca/page/rowans-law-concussion-awareness-resources

Rowan’s Law Concussion Safety

https://www.ontario.ca/page/rowans-law-concussion-safety

Rowan’s Law Legislation

https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/18r01

Rowan’s Law Regulation

https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r19161

If your sport organization has adopted policies regarding (a) zero-tolerance (b) mandatory disqualification for illegal play that is considered high risk for causing concussions and (c) escalating consequences for violation of the Concussion Code of Conduct, please read and commit to the following section.  If the following section does not apply to your sport organization, please disregard.

I will help prevent concussions, through my:

  • Commitment to zero-tolerance for prohibited play that is considered high risk for causing concussions. *
  • Acknowledgement of mandatory expulsion from competition for violating zero-tolerance for prohibited play that is considered high risk for causing concussions. *
  • Acknowledgement of the escalating consequences for those who repeatedly violate the Concussion Code of Conduct. *

Date: June 18, 2021 

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