Safety & Concussions
Manitoba Paddling Association Concussion Awareness
Concussions can occur while participating in any sport or recreational activity. Since the circumstances under which a concussion can be sustained are so varied, it’s important for all coaches, parents, and athletes to be aware of the signs, symptoms, and what to do if a concussion occurs. MPA is committed to increased education, awareness, and established protocols that will assist you in gaining the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your athletes. We can all work together to ensure a safe sport environment, and recommend watching the Concussion 101 Video and reviewing the information below to all members.
To view or download any of the following forms or documents, please click on the link associated with the document.
Includes Return to School and Return to Sports Strategy
How can I help prevent concussions and their consequences?
Concussion prevention, recognition and management require athletes to follow the rules and regulations of their sport, respect their opponents, avoid head contact, and report suspected concussions.
Concussion Recognition Tool “Recognize & Remove”
Head impacts can be associated with serious and potentially fatal brain injuries. The Concussion Recognition Tool 5 is to be used for the identification of suspected concussions. It is not designed to diagnose concussions.
This document can be used by an athlete’s Physician or Nurse Practitioner as the official “Medical Assessment Tool”
Athletes who are diagnosed with a concussion should be managed according to the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport including the Return-to-School and Return-to-Sport Strategies. No athlete that has been diagnosed and is being treated for a concussion can be “returned to play” without presenting the Medical Clearance Letter.
A concussion is a serious event, but you can recover fully from such an injury if the brain is given enough time to rest and recuperate. Returning to normal activities, including sports participation, is a step-wise process that requires patience, attention, and caution.
Additional Education/Awareness Tools & Information