Ringette is a very fast and physically demanding sport. Even with the best training and preparation, accidents and injuries can occur. Thankfully many of the injuries are minor and do not require a player to miss a shift or game. However there is the rare occasion when injuries can be more severe.
Team coaches and staff have taken steps to establish a basic safety and first aid guideline for all injuries on and off the ice.
Teams should dedicate an individual to act as the teams (Safety/First Aid Coordinator÷ to facilitate the teams medical and safety plan and response. Teams will have a first aid kit on the bench, note the presence and location of the rink AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and research the nearest hospital locations for team games, activities and events - especially when outside of Spruce Grove. The following are procedures will be used if a player is injured during a game:
+ The first lines of response if a player is down on the ice will be to have the designated coach (or affiliate) assess the player on the ice;
+ If the condition of the player is considered more than a minor injury, the safety/first aid coordinator may be called to the ice by the coach for further assessment;
+ If the injury is deemed to be more serious than what can be handled by the coaches/first aid coordinator, than an ambulance will be called;
+ At that time, all players will be instructed to leave the ice and the game stopped;
+ We ask that parents do not come onto the ice/proceed to the dressing room when an injury initially occurs. The above steps need to be followed for the safety of all those involved;
+ If the situation is deemed more than a minor injury, the parent of the injured player will be signaled to come down to the ice or dressing room as soon as possible by the coaches attending to the player.
Concussions of any degree are a serious concern and all injuries to the head will be treated according to the strict guidelines established by Hockey and Ringette Alberta. Please review the attached concussion guidelines and share this information with your daughter. Your athlete should be encouraged to report any concussion type symptoms to the coaches, especially if they have come off the ice unassisted.
As always, we hope we never have to use the above protocol, but felt it is best to be prepared. Please keep the coaches/team manager aware of any medical change to your daughter throughout the year that could impact her care/medical needs.
We look forward to a safe and successful season!!