Canada Launches ‘Team Up – Speak Up’ Program To Help Reduce Concussion Related Injuries
Contact sports have been around for decades but it is only in the last 10 years or so that the seriousness of concussion related injuries has been highlighted by both players and medical professionals. The ‘Team Up – Speak Up’ Program was launched in the United States over a year ago in an attempt to better educate players who take part in contact sports of how to deal with concussion related injuries.
‘Team Up – Speak Up’ Program Has Success In America
The program received a strong response in the United States with more than 150 top sports organizations joining the program and 47 out of 50 states rolling out the program. The idea is very simple – a senior member of the team, preferably the head coach or team captain takes a minute to speak boldly and educate the team on looking out for one another and reporting a teammate’s concussion related injury immediately, so that they can get medical help at the earliest.
NASCAR, USA Rugby, the American Hockey Coaches Association, USA Hockey, National Federations of State High School Associations and Major League Lacrosse are just some of the organizations in America who have joined the program.
Canada Looks To Rollout ‘Team Up – Speak Up’ Program
Canada is now looking to rollout the same ‘Team Up – Speak Up’ Program across the country. The Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada are rolling out a massive education program across the country, highlighting the importance of coaches and team captains devoting one minute before the game to educate team mates on the importance of concussions and reporting them quickly.
Contact sports such as the NFL, Rugby, WWE, MMA and NHL have all had their share of concussion related injuries over the years. In the past, players did not have sufficient information about the effects of long term concussion related injuries and would often ignore them and play through the pain. Coaches would also play down these injuries and often push players to take the field and not take time out from the game.
Rugby Canada was one of the first organizations to join the program. The Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada has an ambition goal of making sure every athlete in Canada is exposed to the one minute ‘Team Up – Speak Up’ speech before September 12. Coaches, medical coaching staff and Team Captains who need guidelines on what to address during the one minute speech, can go to TeamUpSpeakUp.org to watch videos on how the speech is made.