Freestyle Canada is dedicated to the long-term health and safety of our current and future athletes. For this reason, we will be implementing a new standard of safety guidelines and policies over the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 seasons. The focus of our Freestyle Canada Concussion Policy (.pdf 705KB) is to ensure up-to-date concussion education for our PSOs, clubs, coaches, officials and parents, as well as provide access to proper concussion care, enforce safe return to play procedures, and limit the risk to our athletes. It is important to note that individual organizations may require other mandatory training or testing for their members.
Freestyle Canada is also partnering with Canadian concussion research and care organization, Complete Concussion Management (CCMI), who have developed a network of clinics that are specially trained and experienced in the assessment, treatment and management of concussions. Find out more about CCMI and their services (.pdf 524KB) and consult their Concussion FAQ (.pdf 355KB).
All athletes who have been identified to have a suspected concussion MUST have clearance by a medical doctor prior to returning to competition at any level.
By Dec 31st 2016 it is mandatory for all coaches and National Technical Delegates to complete the NCCP Making Headway in Freestyle Skiing Module. This online course is free and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. Coaches who do not meet this requirement will not be considered as certified or sanctioned and will be required to complete training prior to participating in any sanctioned activity.