Shift is a proud supporter of the StopConcussions Foundation, a concussion awareness initiative founded by former Philedelphia Flyers Captain Keith Primeau and former European professional hockey player, Kerry Goulet.
StopConcussions is a is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness, and educating the public on concussion prevention and management. Their mandate is to address the growing trend of concussions in all sports and to provide awareness and education to players, parents, coaches, officials, and health professionals.
Four Pillars of StopConcussions
Step 1 – Education
Education is a vital component to the prevention and proper management of this injury. It’s about reaching out to all those affected: players, parents, teachers, coaches, trainers, officials, administrators, and healthcare providers. It will require a village approach to change the current mindset and provide a safer playing environment for today’s youth.
Step 2 – Prevention
Through education and sport-specific platforms, StopConcussions aims to change the mindset of the participants from the “grassroots” level and up. Website resources, and on-location seminars allow StopConcussions the ability to instill the principles of respect and safe play values in sport today.
Step 3 – Management
It is as important to manage a concussion, as it is to diagnose it. If a concussion does occur, StopConcussions wants to be there for the athlete. This is where Shift Concussion Management comes into play – providing a high standard of care for athletes across many different sports and many different regions. Concussion management requires a team approach across all disciplines of health care.
Step 4 – Research
Since concussions are virtually invisible injuries it is important to continue research in this area. Through establishing the StopConcussions network of specially trained researchers and qualified healthcare professionals, the sporting community is significantly enhanced to effectively assess and treat concussed athletes.
To learn more about StopConcussions and their ongoing initiatives, visit their website today.