|For Immediate Release
December 7, 2021 Saanichton, BC – BC Hockey has partnered with researchers at the University of British Columbia, University of British Columbia Okanagan, BC Children’s Hospital and the SHRed Concussion Research Program to offer players within the Lower Mainland and Okanagan Mainline Districts the opportunity to participate in the SHRed Concussions Study.Players who agree to participate in the study will help in the research to evaluate and improve concussion awareness and management among youth, and to develop effective tools to inform concussion treatments in the future. SHRed is a Canada wide concussion treatment and awareness study targeting youth and is funded by the National Football League’s Play Smart. Play Safe. program.“This partnership with SHRed is an exciting initiative that we are pleased to be introducing to our participants in the Lower Mainland and Okanagan Mainline,” BC Hockey’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Conrad said. “The health and safety of our players is of high importance. This research will contribute to future generations having a safer experience playing the game of hockey, and it also supplies participants with an avenue for assistance should they suffer a concussion while participating in the study.”
Players that sign up for the study will help in advancing the understanding of concussions, and in the event a concussion is suffered the player will receive expedited access to a concussion specialist.
To participate in the study the player will have to take one baseline test a year, complete a weekly questionnaire on sport participation and injury (estimated at 5 minutes per week) and must notify the study coordinator if they sustain a concussion.
For more information or to sign up please contact the project coordinators:
Lower Mainland: Dr. Shayza Karmali at email@example.com or call 604-875-2000.
Okanagan: Sierra Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-863-0255
SHRed Concussions has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Calgary (REB18-2107).