Canadian Football League Implements New Player Health and Safety Measures with HeadCheck Health

All teams will utilize a digital concussion platform to execute and monitor the effectiveness of the league’s concussion protocol

TORONTO (July 17, 2019) – The Canadian Football League (CFL) today announced a new partnership with Vancouver-based HeadCheck Health, Inc. (HeadCheck) to bring all teams onto an innovative digital concussion platform. HeadCheck’s mobile and web-based technology will equip team medical staff with the tools to more easily execute the CFL’s concussion protocol and enable the league to monitor the effectiveness of the protocol in real-time.

“We’re delighted to partner with HeadCheck as part of our ongoing commitment to player health and safety,” said Kevin McDonald, the CFL’s Vice-President of Football Operations and Player Safety. “Their application streamlines our record keeping and that’s an important element of consistent and comprehensive care. Our medical and training staff are second to none. Providing them with the best tools helps to ensure that we can deliver the very best to our world class athletes.”

The partnership will see all nine CFL teams use the HeadCheck digital platform from a phone, tablet, or computer to execute baseline, sideline, and post-injury concussion assessments as per the CFL’s concussion protocol. To improve informed data-driven decision making, team medical staff will have access to their player’s concussion history and utilize comparable data when performing sideline or post-injury concussion assessments. The use of a digital platform will make it easier for concussion records to follow players from team-to-team and for aggregate data to be analyzed for identifying player safety improvements.

“As a home-grown Canadian company that started out of the research lab with University Football players, we couldn’t be happier to be working with the top football brand in our country,” said Harrison Brown, CEO of HeadCheck Health, Inc. “We’re excited to build a long-term relationship with the league and showcase at the biggest stage our ability to make a difference in player safety.”

The digital platform, training, and support will be provided in both French and English languages and will meet all top line health and safety privacy standards in Canada and the United States. In addition to the platform, HeadCheck will also provide de-identified aggregate data with reporting on testing activity, concussion activity, and insights into any areas for potential player safety improvements surrounding protocol effectiveness. The company also provided technology training and on-site support at CFL training camps to ensure the successful collection of all baseline data through the platform.

About HeadCheck Health, Inc.
HeadCheck is an innovative mobile and web-based platform that gives medical and non-medical personnel the appropriate tools to follow any concussion protocol, integrates all individuals involved in concussion care, and allows the data collected to be analyzed for health and safety improvements. Hundreds of teams across the world from minor through professional sports have adopted the HeadCheck platform including: the CFL, CJHL, BC Hockey, Trek Factory Racing, Volleyball Canada, UBC Athletics, BC Rugby, Eastern Washington University, Rugby Ontario, Western Lacrosse Association, Rugby Quebec, and more. For more information visit https://www.headcheckhealth.com

Contact

Lucas Barrett
Manager, Communications & Public Affairs
Canadian Football League 
Phone: 4168654066 
Mobile: 4168027852 
lbarrett@cfl.ca 

Kari Kylo
PR
HeadCheck Health
Phone: 604.889.8057
kari@somaworks.com


Saskatoon Hilltops Take Forward-Thinking Approach to Concussion Safety

CJFL team led the pack by adopting HeadCheck Health’s innovative concussion management software

SASKATOON - The Saskatoon Hilltops (‘Hilltops’) have shown themselves to be leaders on the field, as they look for a record fifth straight Canadian Bowl Championship, and off the field where they are the first Canadian Junior Football League (‘CJFL’) franchise to partner with HeadCheck Health, Inc. (‘HeadCheck’) and implement innovative concussion management software.

HeadCheck’s mobile and web-based solution was customized to the requirements of the CJFL’s concussion protocol and enabled the Hilltops to improve their level of concussion care. Team physiotherapists and trainers utilized the software to create a concussion health record for each player and opted to conduct baseline testing during team medicals.

During the season, the app helped team staff document suspected concussions, collect key information at the time of the event and perform post-injury testing enhanced by comparable data. The information collected could be shared through the system with team doctors to facilitate improved outcomes for the players.

“HeadCheck was great to have on the sidelines this season,” said Allison Frenette, Head Physiotherapist for the Hilltops. “It made testing easier and our baseline procedures far more efficient during medicals.”

“We’d like to congratulate the Hilltops on a successful season and showing great initiative in implementing HeadCheck this season,” said Harrison Brown, CEO of HeadCheck. “We see this as an important step in improving concussion safety across football in Canada.”

 

ABOUT HEADCHECK HEALTH, INC.
HeadCheck enhances the way sports organizations implement and manage their concussion policy through innovative testing, documentation and reporting software. A mobile app can be used to document suspected concussions, run concussion assessments and track an athlete’s concussion history. An enhanced web dashboard provides an overview of testing activity, more thorough athlete management, and monitoring of concussion policy adherence. HeadCheck supports medical and non-medical roles to meet the qualifications of individuals using the software. All data is securely stored and meets the latest health privacy standards. Over 400 organizations across North America use HeadCheck as their primary tool for concussion management, including the CJHL, BC Hockey, UBC, Edmonton Oil Kings, BC Rugby, Eastern Washington University, Rugby Ontario, St. George’s School, and Okotoks Minor Hockey. For more information visit https://www.headcheckhealth.com

ABOUT THE SASKATOON HILLTOPS
The Saskatoon Hilltops are a junior Canadian football team based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Hilltops play in the six-team Prairie Football Conference, which is part of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) and competes annually for the national title known as the Canadian Bowl. The team was founded in 1921 as a senior team in the Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union, in which it played until 1936. The team reorganized in 1947. Beginning in 1953, the Hilltops have won 20 Canadian Bowl championships, the most of any Canadian junior football team in history. The Saskatoon Hilltops is the only CJFL team to win four consecutive Canadian Bowls 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. For more information visit https://saskatoonhilltops.com/

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