Canadian families are encouraged to play smart hockey

Educational video about playing smart helps kids prevent concussions

TORONTO, February 26, 2015
– Parachute, the national charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives, is promoting a video to educate hockey enthusiasts about the importance of playing smart hockey to prevent concussions.

For Canadians between 5-19 years old, hockey accounts for 44% of sports-related brain injuries. Parachute is committed to educating parents, coaches and hockey players through the distribution of a video called ThinkFirst Smart Hockey and other resource materials.   

“It is clear that we need to make sure the whole hockey team understands what the symptoms of a concussion are,” said Louise Logan, Parachute’s President and CEO. “Playing smart should be the first rule when players step onto the ice. With support from Scotiabank, we’re equipping coaches with important resources to help keep their players safe as well as prevent and manage concussions.”

Parachute’s ThinkFirst Smart Hockey resources are available for free on Parachute’s website. Included in the resources is the ThinkFirst Smart Hockey video which highlights potential dangers on the ice and provides quick tips for players on how to protect the most important part of their body – the brain.  Viewers will also learn about the symptoms, causes and management of concussions.

Parachute’s ThinkFirst Smart Hockey video features personal stories from hockey players including John Tavares, Tessa Bonhomme, Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Myers, and Caroline Ouelette. Many of the players featured have had concussions and share their experiences as well as information on what the effects of a concussion can be for someone who is recovering.

To accompany the ThinkFirst Smart Hockey video, the Parachute's Smart Hockey Concussion Kit provides an easy to follow guide and concussion information and resource materials which are available online at parachutecanada.org.

Parachute and its ThinkFirst Smart Hockey video and other resource materials are supported by Scotiabank.

About Parachute

Parachute is dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. A national charity, Parachute officially formed in July 2012, when the former Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada joined together to become one leader in injury prevention. Parachute’s injury prevention solutions, knowledge mobilization, public policy, and social awareness efforts are designed to help keep Canadians safe.  Parachute’s vision is an injury-free Canada with Canadians living long lives to the fullest.  For information, visit us at parachutecanada.org, follow us on Twitter, and join us on Facebook.

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For information:

George James
Parachute
647-776-5125 (w)
416-402-3783 (c)
gjames@parachutecanada.org