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Heads Up Concussion Awareness

What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell run”, or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. You cannot see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of a concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks following the injury.


Interesting Facts
• 75% of concussions occur when players do not have 
possession of the puck.
• A small blow to the head can cause a concussion; it 
does not take a big hit for a player to be concussed.
• If a player receives a second concussion while 
recovering from another concussion, the risk of long 
term damage greatly increases.
• Helmets and mouth guards alone do not prevent 
concussions. A combination of equipment, safe play, 
and proper hockey training will prevent concussions.
• Concussions occur at all levels of hockey to both 
male and female players.


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Heads Up Hockey Video!

Heads Up – Don’t Duck Video!

09/23/2013, 11:00am CDT
By Ron Corker

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Play Safe with Heads Up Hockey

USA Hockey Heads Up, Don’t Duck instructional video featuring Olympians Jenny Potter and Ryan Suter.

The Heads Up, Don’t Duck safety initiative dates back to 1996 and is aimed at reducing spinal cord and other debilitating injuries.

“Dr. Ashare, the current chair of our safety and protective committee, helped launch this important program nearly two decades ago,” said Dr. Michael Stuart, chief medical officer of USA Hockey. “The basic premise of the program has not changed, however, we created this updated video piece to ensure that every player and coach understands the importance of keeping your head up.”

“We’ve been out in front on safety issues over the course of our history,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “Heads Up, Don’t Duck has long been one of our signature safety programs and is part of our broad SafeSport program that addresses both on and off-ice safety of our participants.”

Saints strongly encourages all parents and coaches at all levels of hockey to have their players watch this HEADS UP – DON’T DUCK VIDEO at least twice every season.