New app provides concussion safety net

MJHL commissioner Kim Davis. Brian Oliver / Graphic Leader

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The MJHL will be taking part in a new program to help recognize and assess concussions in the league.
The program is driven by an app developed by HeadCheck Health, which provides a place to document possible concussions, run concussion assessments and monitor concussion policy adherence.
Since it’s accessible on all smart devices, MJHL commissioner Kim Davis said it’s highly convenient for all athletic therapists and trainers that teams in the league use.
“In a nutshell, if they or the coaching staff suspect that a player has suffered a concussion then they can very quickly, with the app right on the bench, do an assessment of the player in terms of some testing that’s accessible and make a determination to whether or not the player has symptoms that would lead them to believe a concussion or injury had occurred,” Davis said.
The app will exist alongside previous concussion and return-to-play protocols the league already follows.
“There’s an immediacy to the assessment,” Davis said. “We would have a better outcome for the player in terms of an immediate health concern. Presumably the player wouldn’t be put into further harm by continuing the play.”
Davis said that since the information is all stored in the app, it’s available for future use. If a player allows their information to be shared if they move leagues, their history will be accessible.
“The league office can also track this information and find out which and if teams are actually using it the way it’s supposed to be used,” Davis said. “We can know which teams are actually following and documenting and doing the various things that the program requires.”
Davis said the league takes concussions seriously.
“They shouldn’t be taken lightly,” he said. “We’re trying to be serious about how we try to mitigate those. One is too many, but realistically with the way the game typically is played at this level, it’s a very fast game and the players playing it are big and strong. Inherently there’s impacts.”
The league also has another system of guidelines that punish players for committing an infraction that would lead to an injury as severe as a concussion.
All 10 Junior A leagues in the country started using the app at the beginning of the current season.

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