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.”


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

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

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