As a part of these efforts, the Club requires each participant, parent or guardian of a participant under the age of 18, Coaches, and Trainers to abide by a concussion specific Code of Conduct as it pertains to the sport of Curling.
I will help prevent concussions by:
- Wearing the proper equipment for Curling and wearing it correctly.
- Developing my skills and strength so that I can participate to the best of my ability.
- Respecting the rules of Curling.
- Maintaining my commitment to fair play and respect for all (respecting other athletes, coaches, team trainers and officials).
I will care for my health and safety by taking concussions seriously, and I understand that:
- A concussion is a brain injury that can have both short and long-term effects.
- A blow to my head, face or neck, or a blow to the body that causes the brain to move around inside the skull may cause a concussion.
- I do not need to lose consciousness to have had a concussion.
- I have a commitment to concussion recognition and reporting, including self-reporting of a possible concussion and reporting to a designated person when and individual suspects that another individual may have sustained a concussion. (Meaning: If I think I might have a concussion I should stop participating in further training, practice or competition immediately, or tell an adult if I think another athlete has a concussion).
- Continuing to participate in further training, practice or competition with a possible concussion increases my risk of more severe, longer lasting symptoms, and increases my risk of other injuries.
I will not hide concussion symptoms. I will speak up for myself and others.
- I will not hide my symptoms. I will tell a coach, official, team trainer, parent or another adult I trust if I experience any symptoms of concussion.
- If someone else tells me about concussion symptoms, or I see signs they might have a concussion, I will tell a coach, official, team trainer, parent or another adult I trust so they can help.
- I understand that if I have a suspected concussion, I will be removed from Curling and that I will not be able to return to training, practice or competition until I undergo a medical assessment by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner and have been medically cleared to return to training, practice or competition.
- I have a commitment to sharing any pertinent information regarding incidents of removal from Curling with any other sport organization with which I have registered (Meaning: If I am diagnosed with a concussion, I understand that letting all of my other coaches and trainers know about my injury will help them support me while I recover.)
I will take the time I need to recover, because it is important for my health.
- I understand my commitment to supporting the return-to-sport process (I will have to follow Sarnia Golf and Curling Club’s Return-to-Sport Protocol).
- I understand I will have to be medically cleared by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner before returning to training, practice or competition.
- I will respect my coaches, team trainers, parents, health-care professionals, and medical doctors and nurse practitioners, regarding my health and safety.
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 (Meaning: I will be disqualified/expelled from play if I violate the zero-tolerance policy).
- Acknowledgement of the escalating consequences for those who repeatedly violate the Concussion Code of Conduct.
By completing this form, I acknowledge that I have fully reviewed and commit to this Concussion Code of Conduct.