Although we don't like to see injuries happen to our players, they are a part of the game and will always be present, no matter how much we mitigate risks. When an injury does occur, it is important that it is documented.
Each time a player is injured, it must be reported to KGHA irrespective of whether there is a physician's 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.
Hockey Canada Injury Report Forms shall be submitted for all injuries where a physician's 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.
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 risk 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||House teams|
|October 31st |
End of season
|December 31st |
End of season
Note: Trainers may submit the online form via email to the Risk and Safety Coordinator.
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 are 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. ThinkFirst: Concussion - Recognition, management, and prevention. The KGHA endorses this approach for all KGHA players.