Heads Up Hockey Canada appBack at Hockey Canada's kickoff event in Toronto at the start of September, Chief Executive Officer Bob Nicholson assured journalists and dignitaries present that the organization was doing everything it could to promote concussion awareness.
This included launching a mobile application, made free today on Android, Blackberry and iOS (links available via the press release). The message hasn't particularly changed as hockey organizations work with equipment providers to make better fitted equipment more accessible to the general public. From Hockey Canada's vantage, their major focus is on fundamentals and education from the get-go and getting kids and parents to recognize the dangers and symptoms early on.
Nicholson from September:
"We're having good discussions on body checking. I go back to the key on this and we've been working on this for a number of years. Checking should be introduced as soon as they start, in that the first steps of checking are skating backwards, turning, containment, body contact. The issue becomes when do you go from contact to checking."
Hockey Canada's "Heads Up" application, aimed at children (screenshot above), follows through with a very similar message in a Q & A section with 'Puckster', a concussion-aware bear mascot.
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