Canada adds concussion course to equestrian coach requirements

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Canadian horse sport has taken a big step forward for rider health with the addition of a new concussion training module for  instructors and coaches.

The free National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Making Head Way in Sport concussion module is now a basic Equine Canada coaching pre-requisite from June 1, and all existing coaches and instructors will have to complete this free module by December 31, 2017.

The addition of the free e-learning module was announced by Equine Canada’s National Coaching Committee this week.

Making Head Way in Sport has been developed by the Coaching Association of Canada as part of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Active and Safe Initiative. In 2013 it received an Honourable Mention from the International E-Learning Association.

Concussion and brain-related injuries have been making headlines of late because of the serious implications undiagnosed concussions and improper return to play protocols can have on the long-term wellbeing of an athlete. Making Head Way in Sport is an online learning tool designed to help coaches gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of their athletes. It covers:

• What to do to prevent concussions
• How to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion
• What to do when you suspect an athlete has a concussion
• How to ensure athletes return to play safely.

The module will take 60-90 minutes to complete, and will be recorded as professional development.

Making Head Way Concussion eLearning Series.

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