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  • March 26, 2012

Ontario’s Government Shoots to Protect Student Athletes

Head injuries aren’t just something that happens on the ice or on the field. Head injuries can happen to anyone at any age, as a result of any accident.

In November, 2010, I introduced a Private Member’s Resolution to establish a select committee to investigate methods of reducing injuries and fatalities that occur while using non-automobile forms of transportation on highways and private properties in Ontario.

The purpose of this all party committee was to evaluate ways to prevent a substantial number of incidents– head injuries included– on these types of vehicles by investigating the use of minimum age restrictions for passengers, the mandatory use of protective equipment, required safety training as well as establish appropriate sizes of vehicle relative to the operators size.

Head injuries are rapidly becoming one of the hottest topics in the world of sports as society learns more about the severity and long lasting effects of concussions. That’s why the provincial government is working to build awareness about concussions in our schools and in the community to better protect our kids.

Ontario is the first province to introduce legislation that, if passed, would ensure that students who have suffered a concussion while participating in school sports and physical education are not returning to play/school too soon and risking further complications.

 The Ontario Concussion Strategy would position Ontario as a leader in increasing awareness, prevention, identification and concussion management in schools and the broader community. We all have a role to play – students, parents, teachers, coaches and volunteers – to properly prevent and manage concussions.

Our government is committed to supporting the early detection of head injuries, and the proper time for recovery to reduce complications in the future and ensure our kids succeed at play and in class. Creating safer schools is part of the provincial government's plan to help our students succeed while securing a brighter future for all Ontarians.

To learn more on what the Ontario government is doing for our students or if you have any questions regarding this initiative please feel free to contact my constituency officewww.helenajaczek.ca.

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