Concussion Policy and Concussion Code of Conduct (Ontario)
This Policy is based on the 5th Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport that was released in April 2017. This Policy interprets the information contained in the report that was prepared by the 2017 Concussion in Sport Group (CISG), a group of sport concussion medical practitioners and experts, and adapts concussion assessment and management tools.
This Policy is intended to be compliant with Ontario’s Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018. If any provision of the policy is in conflict with Rowan’s Law, the legislation shall take precedence.
The CISG suggested 11 ‘R’s of Sport-Related Concussion (“SRC”) management to provide a logical flow of concussion management. This Policy is similarly arranged. The 11 R’s in this Policy are: Recognize, Remove, Re-Evaluate, Rest, Rehabilitation, Refer, Recover, Return to Sport, Reconsider, Residual Effects, and Risk Reduction.
Bakker's Trailblazers is committed to ensuring the safety of Participants in its activities. Bakker's Trailblazers recognizes the increased awareness of concussions and their long-term effects and believes that prevention of concussions is paramount to protecting the health and safety of Participants.
This Policy describes the common signs and symptoms of a concussion and how to identify them, the protocol to be followed in the event of a possible concussion, and a Return to Sport protocol should a concussion be diagnosed. Awareness of the signs and symptoms of concussion and knowledge of how to properly manage a concussion is critical to recovery and helping to ensure the individual is not returning to physical activities too soon, risking further complication.
This Policy applies to all activities and events for which Bakker's Trailblazers is the governing or sanctioning body including, but not limited to, competitions, practices, and training sessions.
When an individual under the age of 26 years old registers with the Organization, the individual must provide written or electronic confirmation that they have reviewed concussion awareness resources within the past 12 months. The Ontario Government has produced age-appropriate concussion resources located here:
Individuals under the age of 26 years old must also sign the Concussion Code of Conduct (click here - Appendix A).
For athletes younger than 18 years old, the athlete’s parent or guardian must also provide confirmation that they have also reviewed the concussion resources as well and signed the Concussion Code of Conduct.
Coaches, officials and team trainers must provide confirmation that they have also reviewed the concussion resources and sign the Concussion Code of Conduct; but not if they will be interacting exclusively with athletes who are 26 years old or older.
We will be running our camps. Below is a short list of some of the changes. I will be making more as we get guidelines from the government. Click here for government guidance
Bakker's Trailblazers will be doing the following to ensure your camper and counsellor safety.
1. Sign in and Sign out will be done by an instructor. They will verbally acknowledge you and make a note. That way, no use of pens
2. The instructors will have masks during sign in and sign out. I will provide them fresh ones each day and in the morning and evening.
3. I will have medically approved disinfectant at the trailer as well the instructors will carry it with them.
4. Food program will not happen. I will look at doing a pizza day and our ice cream day, but will put the safety of the campers first.
5. I have bought a big tent so the campers can stay apart during lunch and snack.
6. If we need to escape bad weather, we have a room in the Beaverbrook Mall and will ensure it is fully disinfected before and after use. In this room, we will be able to space the campers apart.
7. We will have the campers bring their own bag/backpack and make sure they keep their possessions to themselves.
It appears as if outside activities are less likely to cause infection so mountain biking may be a good option for summer camp. Rest assured, I will make the right choice when it comes to the safety of your campers.
Do NOT participate in any group activities if you or any of the other group participants:
A. Exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms including:
Fever, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chills or muscle aches, sore throat or difficulty swallowing, runny, stuffy or congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes), lost sense of taste or smell, extreme tiredness, or any other symptoms as identified by health experts and the Ontario Government
B. Have been in contact with someone who is a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
Consider not participating in group activities (club/team) if you:
A. Are considered vulnerable or at higher risk (elderly individuals,
immunocompromised persons, individuals suffering from health problems including, but not limited to asthma, chronic bronchitis and other lung diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.)
● Practice safe physical distancing by maintaining at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and any other individual outside your “bubble” prior, during, and after your sanctioned activity
● Make sure you have enough snacks/liquid with you to ensure you don’t have to stop along your ride or use a tap/water fountain
● Do not share food or equipment (including water bottles) to prevent transmission of viruses and bacteria
● Clean ALL your equipment prior to heading out including wiping down your handlebars, glasses or protective lenses, and ensuring you have a clean water bottle
● Consider wearing an appropriate mask during lower intensity training/riding, making sure the mask covers both the mouth and nose
● Consider wearing gloves
● Confirm your bike is in good working order and that you are aware of the basic bike maintenance necessities, and are equipped with the appropriate tools prior to an activity
● Consider bringing a fully charged cell phone with you in case of emergencies
● Let your Emergency Contact know the route/time frame of your activity
● Ensure you know and are following your club/team’s approved Risk Management Plan for activities
● Do not loiter after your activity
● If at any point you start displaying signs of COVID-19, members should:
A. Contact Telehealth Ontario and follow all instructions as provided
B. Contact the club to notify them of any symptoms or pending/confirmed test results
For any additional COVID-19 information, follow this link:
Before a ride is posted:
1. Establish the date and time for a Club ride, a level of difficulty and have a designated “sweep” if required. Adjust distance and start time in order to allow ride completion prior to darkness.
2. Provide the information to the appropriate Ride Coordinator so that it can be posted on the BT web-site.
Information must include:
– Start location
– Route distance (with options for shortening and/or lengthening), and map
– Level of difficulty (i.e. Level 1, 2 or 3)
– Ride Leader’s name
1. Meet at the prearranged start location and review safety expectations and route information. Conduct a visual check to ensure that participants are wearing helmets with bikes appearing to be in safe working order. Discuss any planned stops if applicable.
2. Confirm all participants are BT members. Only BT club/team members may participate in BT rides.
3. Make a head count of participants
During the ride:
The Ride Leader is responsible to recollect & record events in the event of an emergency. Relay info to club executive (Osmond Bakker) to facilitate timely prosecution of OCA paperwork.
(Off-road and Gravel speeds and distances will be published by ride leader prior to the ride)
Level 1 – Ride Leader, No drop with Sweep
Lead the ride, maintaining a pace that is comfortable for all riders, stopping periodically to assess that everyone is accepting of the pace and distance and that the riders are maintaining proper group formation. Distances under 30Km with speeds up to 15km/hr can be expected. Participants are not expected to have route maps or bicycle repair skills. Instruction on safe riding principles should be ongoing to participants throughout the season.
Level 2 – Ride Leader, No drop
Lead the ride, maintaining a pace that is comfortable for most riders. There should be a planned route and the ride leader will lead the way. Group formation may spread out as the route unfolds and regroup prior to major turns or at the tops of significant hills. Participants are not expected but encouraged to have route knowledge. Riders should be equipped with spares and know how to change a flat in theory. Instruction on safety and technique principles should be ongoing to participants throughout the season. Routes start locations will be posted on website. Distances up to 40Km can be expected with speeds of 20km/Hr.
Level 3 – Group Ride, Leader optional
Cyclists are expected to ride together anticipating breaking off into smaller sub-groups according to speed and ability. There is no designated individual leading the way although a ride leader may be present. Every person is expected to know the route. Riders should be equipped with spares, know how to fix a flat, understand the importance of hydration, and how to ride safely on the trails according to the local land rules and regulations. Although it’s not considered a no-drop ride, no rider should be left to ride alone. Riders should attempt to pair up with others of similar ability and expect a challenging ride. Skills work may accompany this ride. Average speeds of 20+ Km/Hr can be expected with rides approximating 40Km in distance.
The Risk Management Plan documents how Bakker's Trailblazers rides are to be managed to reduce risks associated with cycling activities. These policies are to be practiced by Bakker's Trailblazers members, and any permitted visiting riders as permitted by Ontario Cycling Association rules, during every Bakker's Trailblazers ride.
All Bakker's Trailblazers members, and any permitted visiting riders, share the responsibility for making Bakker's Trailblazers rides as safe as possible.
Each BT member shall receive a copy, electronic or otherwise of this Risk Management Plan and a copy shall be available on the website here. Additional information regarding Bakker's Trailblazers rules and programs can also be found here.