The Hockey Canada Safety Program Commitiee is launching a new curriculum for the 2006-2007 clinic year. The writing team, under the direction of Candice Alkins, has spent two years carefully reviewing the existing materials, adding updates and changing the format where necessary. Program participants will see enhancements to many of the topics that existed in the original program but will also see new topics added to the information.
As well as a new participants’ manual, the Safety Program Committee is introducing a new Emergency Action Plan video and a new stretching video. These two programs will add to the new look of the Hockey Canada Safety Program and will be available in both DVD and VHS.
“It’s very important for a program like ours to take the time to re-evaluate every few years in order to keep the information up to date” says Antoine Atallah, long-time Chair of the Safety Program Committee.
Initially launched in 1995, the Safety Program has been key in ensuring a safe environment for players, coaches and officials. It is the goal of this program and the members of the Hockey Canada Safety Program Committee that hockey be made as safe and enjoyable as possible. This is accomplished by providing designated safety people with the risk management and safety tools and information that allow them to implement effective injury prevention and risk management programs in which safety is the first priority at all times.
With the new curriculum, Hockey Manitoba is recommending all Safety persons who have not achieved their certification within the past 5 years to re-certify by attending another Safety clinic.
For more information about the Hockey Canada Safety Program, please visit our website at Hockey Canada