About StopConcussions

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Our Safe4Sport Prevention Program

The Safe4Sports Prevention Program main sources of intervention are: Physical Preparation, Protective Equipment, On-Ice Situational Awareness and Sportsmanship & Ethics with the coach as the focal point of the program’s success.
A coach has tremendous influence on players, parents, and the team’s various sport supporters. A well-prepared and trained coach can affect a large number of individuals in a hockey community and can become a “Champion” of a safer sport culture. The Safe4Sport Prevention Program, starting with this manual, will provide a tangible resource tool to aid coaches, for all ages and levels of play, in building a safe team environment for their players. We are confident the Safe4Sport Prevention Program will assist coaches in creating a positive and nurturing surrounding to learn and play hockey. Shoot for a Cure believes that our Safe4Sport Prevention Program is able to build sport leaders as “catalysts of change” and “Champions” of a “better and safer game”. The Safe4Sport Prevention Program is a resourceful guide with the prevention of serious injury in hockey as the ultimate goal.

Our Safe4Sports program was designed and developed by our co-founder, Kerry Goulet and our Director of Athlete & Player Safety, Malcolm Sutherland HBPHE, MSc. Kin. As an athlete and player safety expert Malcolm has developed prevention tools and a program to control serious injury in sport. As a Chartered Professional Ice Hockey Coach (Coaches of Canada), Master Coach, Coach Developer (NCCP) and member of Hockey Canada’s Writer’s group, Malcolm has studied and critically evaluated sport structures and coach and player development models and their outcomes. In the sport of ice hockey he has coached for more than 20 years at every age category and level of play including Varsity and Professional.

Increased awareness and prevention instruction is a must, and through the information, resources, and services provided through our site, our goal is that the individuals that visit our page leave more knowledgeable, and as ultimately safer individuals in their respective sports.

With StopConcussion affiliates located in the USA, as well as Germany we are working on bringing concussion and neurotrauma awareness to a global level. Safe4Sports has conducted both dry and on ice seminars around the world including Germany, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada – ask us how to be part of the Safe4Sports team!

Everyone deserves to play safe!

The StopConcussions Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that has four main pillars: Prevention, Education, Management and Research. StopConcussions was designed to educate players, administrators, physicians, coaches and officials on the cause, effects and consequences of concussions and neurotrama injuries, not only in hockey but all sports. Brain and spinal cord injury result in life-changing consequences, and to date, no “standard of practice” has been implemented into the areas that have a higher frequency of serious injury such as hockey, football, rugby, and soccer.

Our 4 Step Program


Today kids play several sports that overlap seasons so it is so important we have a plan for dealing with concussions. Parents need support from the entire organization from each sport to deal with concussions. With heightened awareness we now have to all be on the same page. No longer is it left up to the player and the parent to fend for themselves. We now need coaches, trainers and family doctors working with them and add a concussion expert to make sure all aspects from detection, diagnosis to management of this invisible injury is in place. Baseline testing and tools in the toolbox are needed to make sure we do all we can to reduce the incidences of concussions.

Step 1 – Education

Our goal is to educate coaches, parents, players, administrators and referees about the causes, effects and consequences of concussions.

Step 2 – Prevention

Through education and our sport specific platforms we will change the mindset of the participants from the grassroots up. Supported by our website and on-location seminars we are able to instil the principles of respect and safe play values in sport today.

Step 3 – Management

It is as important to manage a concussion, as it is to diagnose it. If a concussion does occur we want to be there for the athlete giving them proper post-concussion management with a qualified medical expert, including neurocognitive testing. We also provide their immediate family the tools they need to assist in managing the injury properly, in order for the athlete to return to play and more importantly return to life.

Step 4 – Research

Since concussions are virtually invisible injuries it is important to continue research in this area. Through establishing our network of specially trained researchers and qualified healthcare professionals to effectively assess and treat concussed athletes we stand to enhance our sporting community.

Get Involved


Wether you want to make a donation or get involved with our team, your help is always appreciated! Donations are used towards funding educational material for coaches, parents and teachers and allow us to continue our work in general. If you want to work with us or become an ambassador to help spread the word, please don’t hesitate to contact us! If you are interested, click one of the buttons on the right.

Research


Shoot for a Cure works with the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) and its network of research partners, including the Ontario Spinal Cord Injury Research Network (OSCIRN), to fund research in the fields of spinal cord injury (SCI), secondary complications of SCI, traumatic brain injury, concussion, and acquired brain injury. Our goal is to raise funds, increase awareness and assist in prevention and cure of neurotrauma injuries. Shoot for a Cure is an international campaign uniting neurotrauma communities around a common cause. For more info visit the Shoot for a Cure Website.