Concussion Awareness

The GTHL has taken measures to become a leader in concussion prevention and education to prioritize the safety of its player’s. The new concussion policy ensures players who are suspected to have sustained a concussion during GTHL activity do not return to activities before being medically cleared by a professional.  In addition this new policy provides clearer outline on how team officials can identify suspected concussions, provides pathways for all players with suspected concussion to seek medical attention, as well as a hockey specific return to play protocol that ensures all members of the GTHL community are equipped with the tools needed to identify, manage, and prevent concussion.

Attached you will find valuable information about concussions. Please review the GTHL - Concussion Policy. 

Should you have a player with a concussion, please take the following steps: 

  1. Review the GTHL - Summary 2021-22. This is a flow chart to advising what steps to take when a player has a suspected concussion.
  1. Read the Concussion Handbook developed by Holland Bloorview. This document provides valuable information about concussions and recovery. 
  2. Follow the steps in RTS - Protocol 2021-22 - Please note that each level can only be completed if no symptoms reoccur.
  3. Parachute - Medical Assessment - This letter should be signed by a medical professional before returning to play.
  4. Please fill out the GTHL Concussion - Report if the concussion occurred during a sanctioned YMHC event- This document should be filled out by the convenor or trainer and forwarded to YMHC Head House League Convenor.

Additional Concussion Education resources:

OHF Rowan’s Law Acknowledgement Form

When you registered on the HCR 3.0 for house league, select or rep hockey as a player, or as a bench staff, you acknowledged and agreed to the OHF Concussion Code of Conduct and the appropriate Concussion Awareness Resource and OHF Rowan’s Law Acknowledgement Form. please click here for the OHF Rowan’s Law Acknowledgement Form.

The Ontario Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport has directed that the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) and Hockey Canada (HC) implement Rowan’s Law effective July 1, 2019. The intention of Rowan's Law is to create awareness of concussion, change the culture regarding concussion and provide safe sport participation.

Rowan’s Law requires that effective after July 1, 2019 every player (parent if player is under age 18), team official (all bench staff) and on-ice official must read and acknowledge this law in order to register / participate in organized sport.