Ottawa's Jackson plays role on concussion panel

AEDAN HELMER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:18 PM ET

Safety took centre stage Thursday in Boca Raton, Fla., where a panel of industry leaders from Bauer Hockey, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, as well as medical and athletic training experts, held their first public discussion on concussion awareness and prevention.

Representing Hockey Canada was Ottawa’s Todd Jackson, equipment manager for the Gloucester Rangers before graduating to the same position with the Canadian women’s hockey entry at the 1998 Olympics.

“The awareness is a lot greater now that we’re learning more and more about concussions, and we have to realize they have to be dealt with in the appropriate way,” said Jackson, now manager of safety and risk management with Hockey Canada.

“But we still have to get that education down to the grassroots level. The respect factor and the rule enforcement has got to include everyone in the game. Parents have an enormous impact ... and if everyone is on board, from coaches to officials to the administrative side, it ultimately filters down to the players.

“This (panel) isn’t the end, it’s the beginning. It’s another step to ensuring we’re providing a safe environment for our kids.”


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