As a Member of the Ontario Football Alliance (OFA), we are concerned about the health and safety of all players. We encourage our players, parents, and coaches to participate in the health and safety of all players though improved knowledge on this subject.
What do the Spears do to make football as safe as it can be for my player?
The Spears don't fool around with anything but the highest quality football equipment. That equipment is sent back to the manufacture at regular intervals to be inspected and re-certified. The cost to purchase and maintain this equipment is a huge portion of our yearly budget.
Our coaches are trained in how to ensure players are wearing equipment that is sized correctly for them.
The Spears are a Safe Contact Organization. We currently have over 80% of our Coaches certified in Safe Contact. This surpasses provincial standards that require at least 50% of an organizations coaches be Safe Contact certified. One of our coaches is also a NCCP Facilitator & Evaluator. The Safe Contact program is part of Football Canada. You can read more about the Safe Contact program here.
We conduct pre-season concussion baseline testing of all our athletes.
The Spears hire certified athletic therapist to be present at all games and practices.
Insure our playing surfaces and field equipment are safe.
What is a concussion? A concussion is a brain injury that cannot be seen on x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. It affects the way your child may think and remember things, and can cause a variety of symptoms.
What are the symptoms and signs of concussion? It is important to know that your child does not need to be knocked out (lose consciousness) to have had a concussion. A variety of problems may happen after a concussion, including:
Does not know time, date, place, period of game, score of opposing team, score of game
cannot remember things that happened before and after the injury
feels “dinged” or stunned; “having my bell rung”
sees stars, flashing lights
ringing in the ears
loss of vision
sees double or blurry
stomach ache / stomach pain, nausea
poor coordination or balance
blank stare / glassy eyed
slow to answer questions or follow directions
strange or inappropriate emotions (i.e. laughing, crying. getting mad easily)
not playing as well
To help you understand the symptoms and treatment of a concussion please review this document. Concussion Awareness Card (PDF)
What causes a concussion? Any blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body which causes a sudden jarring of the head may cause a concussion (i.e. a helmet to the head, being knocked to the ground).
Steps to Return to Play A concussion is a serious event, but you can recover fully from such an injury if the brain is given enough time to rest and recuperate. Returning to normal activities, including sport participation, is a step-wise process that requires patience, attention, and caution.