Hockey Nova Scotia Recommends New Concussion Policy to Prevent Brain Injury

by John McKiggan

Darren Cossar, Executive Director of Hockey Nova Scotia, has announced that the organization has approved a new policy to address concussions in children playing minor hockey.

The Globe & Mail reported Cossar as saying: “We’ve finalized concussion policy for return to play…the onus is on the coach that any player who is suspected of having a concussion has to be examined by a doctor before returning to play.”
Hockey Canada recently released the results of the Hockey Concussion Education Project which revealed a frequency of concussion in minor hockey that was 7x higher then previously thought. The authors of the report called concussions an “epidemic”.

It looks like amateur sports are finally starting to get the message. Concussions are serious injuries that can have permanent and lasting consequences.

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