How HeadCheck Implemented a League-Wide Concussion Testing System

Onboarding the British Columbia Hockey League in Four Days

 

When HeadCheck Health partnered with the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) to implement our concussion testing system for the entire league, we knew the challenge would be great but not insurmountable. The BCHL is one of the most scouted and skilled Junior A hockey leagues in Canada with 17 teams and just under 400 athletes. The teams being spread across 945 km² presented a logistical challenge for our task of completing in-person training for each team athletic therapist and supporting them through the initial baseline testing of each player in the league.

We announced our partnership in August and within a week had a plan mapped out for how we were going to get the league up and running. Together with the League executives, we selected five days in September which would have all 17 teams in one city – during the Bauer BCHL Showcase. Shortly after the announcement, we connected with coaches and trainers to confirm the designated training and testing time. Prior to the Showcase, interested AT’s were invited to book an hour with our customer success team to get comfortable with our technology.

"The onboarding process was extremely smooth and efficient. The HeadCheck team worked with each of our teams’ trainers to ensure proper training and implementation. They remain in close contact with our teams and always available to assist directly. Overall I am very pleased with the level of service and support provided.” – Trevor Alto, BCHL Executive Director

Fortunately, the league has some incredibly diligent AT’s who work incredibly hard, long hours, traveling with the team and nurturing the athletes back to health when sick or injured. The season starts early for them – in August with organizing their equipment, stocking their medkits and getting to know their players. It was around this time that the BCHL announced they were moving forward with HeadCheck and in only a week we had meetings booked with those eager to get started.

 

By the time the BCHL Showcase rolled around, we had a detailed plan of attack and a team of four who were tasked with the training and testing for each team. Thanks to the excellent organization of the league, we knew exactly which teams would be in which locker rooms and confirmed with each team where and when we would meet them. Training for teams took about fifteen minutes and testing for each team took between 45-60 minutes depending on how many players and trainers were available for testing. Within four days, we had all athletes tested except for roughly 10 athletes who had not traveled to the Showcase with their team.

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We were fortunate that the Athletic Therapists, Coaches, Governors, Owners and League Executives supporting these athletes collectively understood how we could ease some of the pains they faced in executing the league’s concussion testing protocol. By implementing the HeadCheck system, the BCHL now has a standardized concussion testing system for the entire league. Every team is now conducting testing the same way, using the same technology leading to improved player health and safety. When a player moves from team-to-team, their concussion history is transferred with them in the system so the new team can make more informed decisions if another concussion occurs. On a high-level, this type of data collection allows the HeadCheck team to run data analysis and provide the league with actionable insights that can improve safety standards across the league.

Overall, we were pleased that the onboarding process was done efficiently and effectively. We continue to work in partnership with the league to solve any issues and our customer success team is on call for 24/7 support. Onboarding a league of this size proved to be a valuable experience for our team and helps us to provide these services to new leagues that adopt the HeadCheck concussion testing system.

For more information on how HeadCheck can help implement our concussion testing system for your league, team or organization, please fill out the form here and we’ll be in touch!


BCHL Teams Up With HeadCheck Health To Implement Standardized Concussion Testing

HeadCheck Health Inc. (HeadCheck), a Canadian company that has created a reliable objective sideline concussion testing and management software for sports teams, today announced that they have signed a service agreement with the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) covering all 17 BCHL teams throughout the league.

HeadCheck is a concussion testing and management solution, which simplifies the way concussion protocols are implemented and executed by leveraging mobile, cloud and analytic technology. The solution is available on both Apple and Android devices and features a web-based reporting dashboard enabling administrators to monitor concussion protocol compliance.

“We continue to make forward progress by selectively partnering with organizations that want to continue to do more for their athletes,” said Harrison Brown, Co-Founder and CEO of HeadCheck Health. “HeadCheck will allow BCHL teams to assess concussions more easily, enabling them to make data-driven decisions that will benefit every player in the league.”

“Player safety is of utmost importance to the BCHL,” said John Grisdale, BCHL Commissioner. “Our athletic therapists will now have instant access to a reliable concussion assessment tool during practices and games in order to make appropriate sideline medical decisions. The HeadCheck app will also assist the league with monitoring and tracking league-wide concussion protocol compliance.”

During the season, all teams will use HeadCheck to perform baseline, post-injury and return-to-play concussion tests. Qualified medical professionals involved in clearance of concussed players will also be able to access test results through HeadCheck’s system to allow for more informed decisions across the board. In addition to supplying BCHL with the HeadCheck technology, the company will also provide training, advanced analytics and reporting to help the league continue to improve their concussion management policies and procedures.

“It is great to see BCHL act as a leader in player safety by making concussion awareness, education and assessment part of their league protocol,” said Kyle Wellwood, retired National Hockey League Player and HeadCheck Health stakeholder. “HeadCheck’s software allows users to perform concussion tests that are backed by evidence-based science. It’s the most comprehensive easy-to-use concussion assessment tool available and will be an invaluable asset for the BCHL, their franchises, and all players in the league.”

About HeadCheck Health
HeadCheck provides sports team, leagues and organizations with a complete concussion solution. The company provides its customers mobile technology to run baseline, post-injury and return-to-play concussion assessments at the sideline of sporting events. Backed by evidence-based science, the technology tracks overall concussion health of athletes and provides instant comparison to past test performance. The system enables sports teams to use gold standard concussion tests, but is quicker to use than traditional paper assessments and can be run from any location within minutes. HeadCheck measures a number of key identifiers of a concussion – including symptoms, balance, motor coordination, vision and neurocognitive function. This allows medical professionals such as athletic trainers and doctors to make informed data-driven sideline decisions, limiting the mismanagement of athletes who are unfit to return to play. All data is time-stamped and securely stored for convenient 24/7 access. The data can follow the athlete to all future sports, providing a picture of risk management through historical data and trend analytics.