Each time a player is injured, it must be reported to KGHA irrespective of whether a there is a physicians report or a claim is to be made. Realizing that completion of a formal injury report for every instance would be cumbersome, KGHA has adopted the use of an Injury Log.
Submission of Injury Report
Hockey Canada Injury Report Forms shall be submitted for all injuries where a physicians report, hospital trip or a claim is made. As the Injury Report Forms are ultimately given to the player or player’s parents and the Association for processing, the trainer is required to maintain their own team log that summarizes the injury report. Please note that claims must be presented within 90 days of the injury. The form should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission of Injury Log
Periodic submission of each team’s Injury Log to the Risk and Safety Coordinator is required throughout the season. This provides the association with details of the frequency, severity and type of injuries that are occurring and may identify risks areas and opportunities for developmental enhancement. Injury Log must be submitted on the following schedule (the difference for competitive versus house reflects the general number of ice appearances with practices and tournaments):
Competitive Teams: 1. October 31
2. December 31
3. February 28
4. End of Season
House Teams: 1. December 31
2. End of Season
Trainers may submit the online form via email to the Risk and Safety Coordinator.
Return After Injury
When a player gets injured and this injury causes her to miss more than one game (in other words two or more games); upon her return she should provide a doctor's note stating that the player is fit to play. Ideally, before playing a game after being injured, the player should attend one practice to make sure she has fully recovered. The child's well-being and safety is KGHA's and YOUR number one concern.
The ThinkFirst campaign (in conjunction with Hockey Canada) has outlined some return to play rules that are specific to concussions, but can be used as a general return to play guideline after a serious injury. Click here for further information. The KGHA endorses this approach for all KGHA players.