There has been a lot of information lately about Concussions in Sport.
For Sailing, or for that matter any sport, we must treat Concussions seriously and make sure all our athletes, parents, coaches and first responders take all steps to help prevent, and in the case of someone getting a concussion, get medical treatment right away.
All sports follow the same protocols for returning to play called "6 Steps to Return to Play". While each step needs a minimum of one day between each step, there is no hard and fast rule as sometimes athletes take weeks between steps. It is up to a medical doctor to decide when it is safe to return.
Ontario Sailing has an adopted a policy for Concussions that affect any event that we administer, run or are part of. The policy is the same one that Sail Canada has adopted. Here is the link http://ontariosailing.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Ontario-Sailing-Concussion-Policy.pdf
For more information on Concussions, we recommend that you go to Parachute Canada's Website at http://www.parachutecanada.org/injury-topics/topic/C9 to get more information for parents, athletes, officials and coaches.
There is also an online training course available. Here is a link for Coaches to take an online course from the CD http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Training/index.html
We ask that everyone play safe, wear the appropriate safety gear, get trained, don't drink and boat, and know the risks.
Don't take chances; get medical help right away for any head injuries. Parents, coaches and athletes do not have the training to make a decision themselves.
Members of Ontario Sailing can take the policy that we have approved and ask your boards to approve it as your own.
Also, Beware of Heat Related Stress!
Have a Safe and Healthy Summer!
Executive Director, Ontario Sailing
905-572-7245 or 1-888-672-7245 ext 224
Fax 905-572-6056 or 1-877-677-7275