BC Cheerleading Association is dedicated to the safety of our current and future athletes. For this reason, we have teamed up with Complete Concussion Management (CCMI), a national research and concussion care organization who shares the same goal. By providing training on the most current, research-based, best practices within concussion to local health care providers, as well as our coaches & training staff, this partnership brings the concussion issue under control and allows kids to continue enjoying the sport they love while also ensuring their safety. Through CCMI, BCCA is not only providing evidence-based concussion care for our members, but also helping to further concussion research for the rest of the world and the future health of our athletes.
Coach/Trainer Concussion Sideline Course
The research shows that more than 50% of concussions are not picked up on the sidelines. To minimize this, we now require all of our coaches and trainers to complete the CCMI Concussion Sideline Course (or equivalent like NCCP Making Headway).** These online courses are designed to equip those on the sidelines with a basic understanding of what a concussion is, and how to recognize, properly assess, and report these injuries. It also provides insight on how to safely manage a recovering athlete back into the classroom and sporting environment.
Completion of this course provides our Staff Coaches and Team Head Coaches with access to the Concussion Tracker smartphone application, which enables them to assess and report suspected concussions directly to certified concussion clinics, as well as track the recovery status of injured athletes, all from their smartphones! This allows all of us to be on the same page when it comes to concussion safety and return-to-school/return-to-sport protocols.
**BC will accept either CCMI Training or NCCP Making Headway to fulfill concussion management coaching requirements. Sign up for your NCCP courses at: https://thelocker.coach.ca/home