May 27, 2014: The Halton District School Board is proud to announce a new and unique partnership in Canada that will bring concussion education to classrooms designed to teach students the dangers of head injuries that can result in concussions.
Called the Halton Student Concussion Education Project (HSCEP), it has been created by Halton District School program and research staff through the help, guidance and expertise of Dr. Paul Echlin, sports physician and renowned expert in concussion research and education. Beginning September, 2014, Halton District School Board Grade 9 students will participate in mandatory concussion education while elementary schools will pilot this concussion education project at the same time. This unique collaborative effort took two years to research, develop and prepare for classroom implementation. Piloted with students in 2013, it’s based on an original online instruction unit about concussion education created and developed by Dr. Echlin with Halton District School Board staff.
While school boards are mandated by The Ontario Ministry of Education to provide this education in 2015, the Halton District School Board will be the first school board to institute and lead mandated Health and Physical Education curriculum-based concussion education in Ontario.
“The Halton Student Concussion Education Project is an extremely influential learning experience for students,” says Jeff Blackwell, Associate Director of Education for the Halton District School Board. “This concussion awareness program gives our students accurate information about the short-term and long-term effects of concussions. More importantly, this programming allows them opportunities to discuss and apply skills needed to keep themselves and others safe and healthy when there is potential that a concussion has occurred.”
“The next generation of athletes, coaches, and parents will be informed about this serious brain injury in our schools by professional educators,” says Dr. Echlin. “It’s important to create a generational shift concerning the awareness and prevention of sport-related brain injuries or concussions. We have abundant reason to act to prevent these injuries from occurring and have a collective responsibility to secure the wellbeing of youth and children and assure they grow and develop to their fullest potential.”
To read a story about how the Halton Student Concussion Education Project is used in Halton District School Board classrooms, click here.
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For additional information, contact:
Jeff Blackwell, Associate Director of Education
Halton District School Board
905-335-3663; Toll free: 1-877-618-3456