Road trip to Canada
PlaySmart StaySmart took a road trip to Canada to visit the Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School in Burlington, Ontario.
The school became the pilot program for the concussion education program in Canada. Joanne Walsh, one of the program directors, conducted the tour and explained that the program begins in 3rd grade and continues throughout secondary school. The primary teaching tools are emodules which Billy and Jake were able to see in action when they sat in on a class with the physical education teacher, Ashley Stephenson. The emodules are specific for each age group and the kids really enjoy doing them.
Studies have shown the concussion emodules make a difference in knowledge and behavior in school children . http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4386878/
The best news is that Canada is willing to share them with the world FREE of charge. All you have to so is download them on their website. http://www.sportconcussionlibrary.com/content/hscep-halton-student-concussion-education-program
Billy and Jake had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Paul Echlin, one of the world’s premier experts on concussion. Dr. Echlin believes that the only way to really make serious change in the culture regarding concussion is through education starting at a very young age.
It was an exciting visit and PlaySmart StaySmart left Canada with many exciting ideas to take back to the States.