What does a Confident Hockey Player Look Like

 

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Hockey parents, players, and fans: think about this for a moment.  What does a confident hockey player look like?  What do you observe as they’re playing in the game?  How do they respond to pressure or feedback from their coaches?  How do they respond to situations both on and off the ice?

Besides skill, talent, and experience, it can be difficult to know what sets a player apart from others.  While it’s not as tangible, confidence can be what sets players apart.  A player can do hundreds of drills to perfection, but without confidence, they might not have the courage to take a risk out on the ice when it counts.  But how do we build confidence in young players and students?  Well, I’m going to share some points that have had an impact on the youth I work with. Here they are!

Always Believe in your young players (even when they don’t)

I see the benefits of this on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis.  I have multiple students who continually face new challenges as they go through middle school and high school.  When dealing with so many negative influences, some of my students tend to lack confidence in themselves.  As a result, they may also doubt their abilities and be afraid to take risks.

To alleviate this, I’ll use different approaches depending on the situation.  Here are a few things I’ve done. 

1) Always make sure they know you believe in them. Either say it or show it through actions. 

2) Lessen the burden on them by allowing them to try a new skill or challenge in a lower risk situation.  This gives them the opportunity for some success before those skills are put to the test in real life.

3) Lastly, if your player doesn’t know something is difficult, don’t spoil it and tell them it’s hard.  Especially with younger players, sometimes they really don’t know a new task is difficult. Because no one ever told them so. This doesn’t happen often, but the beauty is this allows the player to face obstacles without fear getting in the way.

Take time not just to listen, but also understand what your player needs

Whether it’s in a game or at another school function, I’ve seen adults not respond in a helpful way as a young player is trying to respectfully voice a concern or ask a question. Before the player has even finished a sentence, the adult is already talking over them.  The adult either gives an answer that they already wanted to share ahead of time or dismisses the player outright.  That response can crush the confidence of a young boy or girl who is already stepping out of their comfort zone to talk with the parent or coach. When this happens, I almost immediately see a shift in the player’s demeanour.  Most likely that player won’t attempt this again and may also be hindered from speaking out in other situations.

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”   ~Bryan H. McGill

On the positive side, I love it when I see parents and/or coaches actively listening to their players.  I’m forever amazed by the subtle confidence that builds up in a young person when what they share is validated.  Notice that I said, “Validated,” not “Right.”  The key difference here lies in the response of the adult.  Instead of just listening to respond, these adults are looking to understand what the player needs.  This gives the young person the opportunity to communicate successfully both on and off the ice, which leads to more confidence.

Be Honest, but balance your words with kindness

This one can be really tough.  How do we offer constructive comments or criticism without crossing the line into being too harsh?  

A few months ago I had a student who (for a couple of training sessions in a row) didn’t work on anything I asked him to complete.  When I asked why, he said, “I just didn’t have any time.”  When he said that, I responded by asking a couple of leading questions.  After all, sometimes young students haven’t grasped how to effectively manage their time, so I wanted to help him figure it out and find a solution.  However, it soon becomes clear that he didn’t even bother to try.  He was just making excuses.  I turned to him and said, “Here’s the deal.  You’re talented.  You have a great head on your shoulders.  However, if you’re not going to put in the work, then you’re wasting my time and you’re wasting your parents’ money.”  At that moment, I know what I said sounded a bit harsh.  However, I knew in my gut that’s what this kid needed to hear.  It was still a risk though. 

Fortunately, what I said lit a fire under that kid. He did a complete 180-degree turn and stepped up.  I understand completely that what I did in that situation won’t work for all of your players.  I just knew what that kid needed to hear. In these moments, I think we have to discern what will be best for the player.  Before speaking to them, ask yourself: Will this tear them down or will it be what is needed to move them forward.

Let them own their experience and support them always

There’s no one set way to find the balance here, but I will share some observations I’ve made with younger players (brand new to the sport) versus ones who have been playing for a while.  With much younger players who are new to the sport, I will say that it helps the parent to provide a bit more structure in the beginning.  Mind you that doesn’t mean you completely take the reins and steamroll over anything the kid’s coach says.  Just remember, your son or daughter is just learning to play hockey.  They’re trying to find their stride and figure out how they work best.  Chances are that your new young player also doesn’t necessarily know what to practice, for how long, or when. 

In this case, perhaps the parent could do a short check-in with the coach after practice and see what they’re working on.  Then ask about some practical things you can do at home that will benefit the player but also make sure they’re having a good time.  Being there with your son or daughter can be a great morale builder here.  They are improving their skills while spending time with you, knowing that you’re completely supportive of what they’re doing.

As your players get older, the focus will shift toward them taking ownership while you remain supportive.  This can be tougher because that means starting to let go.  It means they’re stepping out and taking more risks on their own.  You, of course, will still be there for them. However, you’ll find that they may thrive more when you let them hold the reins instead of you trying to pull the cart the direction you think it should go.  As the saying goes, you can show them the door, but they’re the ones who must walk through it.

I hope these tips are helpful for you as parents and coaches working with your hockey players.  While I think there’s some good advice here, it’s always easier said than done.  In the long run, just make sure your players know you’re there for them and that they can count on you.  They know you support them no matter what will do wonders for their confidence and what they believe they can achieve.

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COACHING FROM THE GLASS

Post from Tim Turk Hockey – https://www.timturkhockey.com/coaching-from-the-glass/

Coaching from the Glass

Hockey is an intense, physical sport that attracts highly competitive players with a strong will to win. It’s no surprise then, that many of the parents of these players are just as competitive. After all, genetics combined with upbringing plays a major part in your personality. It’s good for parents to be passionate about their child’s success, but we have to make sure that we aren’t overbearing. Anyone who has played hockey knows those parents. The ones that are behind the glass every game yelling at the refs, berating the coaches, and even taunting players from the other team. When times are good, they can actually be kind of fun with their boisterous celebrations and seemingly unwavering support for the team. But when the team must face the slightest bit of adversity, watch out! All of a sudden they become the experts, often making a scene in the stands and embarrassing their child.It’s important for parents to take an interest in their child’s hockey development, but they must remember that in the end, it’s just a game. If you are a hockey parent, think of how your behavior affects everyone around you.

The Players

No matter who a parent has interacted with during a game, practice, or scrimmage, their own child is going to be the most affected. It is highly distracting to have your mother or father yelling at you from the stands, especially in the middle of a stressful game situation. Even if they are encouraging their son or daughter, it can take his or her head out of the game and cause him to make mistakes on the ice.

It’s even worse when the parents are yelling at the refs or coaches. Nobody wants to be the kid that has the crazy, loud, offensive parents who are taking the game too seriously. This can embarrass a player mightily and will translate to poorer play. Now he doesn’t only have to worry about how his parents are acting but may also be thinking about his teammates and coaches and what they will think of him.

It isn’t fair for a player to have to apologize for the actions of his parents. Yes, refs make mistakes, and sometimes they are responsible for major game-changing momentum. This doesn’t give parents an excuse to humiliate their son or daughter in the middle of a game by yelling or swearing at the refs. Remember to take a breath and accept that it’s a game and that screaming isn’t going to change anything.

The Coaches

Coaches often get blamed for losses by unruly parents. It starts in the middle of the game when a parent doesn’t agree with a play or gets angry that his kid isn’t getting enough ice time. You may hear jaunts and jeers directed at the coach, as though he is 100% responsible for any less-than-stellar showing by the team. This doesn’t help matters at all.

Coaches are dedicated to developing players and helping the team win games. They wouldn’t be there if they didn’t want to see everybody succeed. Parents, in the heat of the moment, often forget this and want to take their own frustrations out on the coaching staff. This can be a detriment to the overall performance of the team.

No coach wants to deal with angry parents either before, during, or after the game. It is a major distraction and can suck all of the joy out of it for them. Parents need to realize that the coach is there to help everyone perform better and that they will be able to do their job best when they have calm, supportive parents rather than belligerent ones in the stands.

It’s perfectly acceptable for parents to ask to speak with a coach after a game or practice if they have concerns about their child’s development or playing time. But this should be done in a calm, understanding way that gives the coach the chance to explain his reasoning and thought process. This will be far more productive than any sort of yelling and screaming from the crowd could ever be.

Other Parents

Perhaps more than even the players and coaches, other parents in the crowd can get extremely fed up with the rowdy parents. They want to go to see their kid play a game, not watch an adult make a scene in the stands. They are aware that such behavior is a distraction for the players and the staff, and that it should not be tolerated.

Part of being a hockey parent is being around other hockey parents and getting to know them and their kids. If you become known as the obnoxious parents that take the game too seriously, they will not want to be around you. This can lead to negative consequences for your child as you may not be invited to certain events, and he might miss out on bonding time with his teammates.

If you are concerned about certain parents, it’s best to confront them when they’ve cooled down a bit. Explain that other people want to watch the game civilly and that it’s better for the kids if they remain calm in the stands. They don’t have to give up cheering or encouraging their child, but they should be respectful while they do so.

It’s Only a Game

As mentioned, the key takeaway is that hockey is only a game. Yes, some kids have a real shot at becoming stars, but yelling at the refs or coaches is not going to change that potential outcome. Most players will not reach professional status, and it’s important for them to have fun playing hockey instead of being stressed about their parents at all times.

Winning a game is fun, but not if you’ve been under pressure from your parents and feeling embarrassed the entire game. It’s better to lose a game gracefully than it is to be a bad winner, and parents to realize this just as much as players.

Mark Hetherman
NASHA Sports
http://nasahsports.com

5 THINGS PLAYERS NEED FROM THEIR COACH

INTERESTING ARTICLE FROM ONE OF OUR MEMBER HOCKEY SCHOOLS

December 12, 2019, See original article https://www.timturkhockey.com
5 Things Players need from their Coach
Coaching is a difficult and equally important job.

A coach’s role is mainly to teach their students the fundamentals of whatever sport they’re learning, but a top-notch coach needs to impact their players’ lives in other ways, too. A coach should be a source of inspiration and guidance for their players. They should provide support in the face of a defeat and reinforcement in the face of a victory. They should actively assess each player’s strengths and weaknesses and fight to help their player improve in any way they can.

At a minimum, a player will (usually) spend an entire sporting season with the same coach. Sometimes, a relationship between a player and a coach can last for years or even decades as the player advances through the levels of their sport and the coach is with them all along the way. As a result, the relationship between every coach and their player(s) should be strong and beneficial to both parties.

So, what factors make a coach-player relationship strong?

As you might predict, many of the elements that make up a great coach-player relationship in a sport make up a good relationship in general. There are also a few elements unique to a coach’s relationship with their player that creates a fantastic teacher-student dynamic.

Here are 5 things that every hockey player needs from their coach to have a successful relationship:

1. Openness
The most important feature of any good coach-player relationship is openness. The coach must reassure the players that they can discuss anything—-whether related to their sport or not—-without fear of judgment or ridicule.

Many people consider coaches to be “teachers.” A better term for a coach is a “mentor.” Not only should coaches pass on their knowledge in the most effective way possible, but they should also provide guidance and advice for their players on any issue they may have. If a player is disappointed in their progress or performance, they should feel free to talk with their coach about it. The same goes for an issue at home; a great coach should make players feel comfortable discussing things like family disagreements, emotions, and bullying.

For a coach, establishing a policy of openness and no judgment right form the beginning of the season is a great way to start forging strong relationships with the players.

2. Respect
As with any good relationship, there needs to be respect given from both sides. Since coaches are usually wise and older than their players, most coach-player relationships will have respect given by the player, but it’s not always the other way around.

All players need respect from their coaches, however. Respect is defined as the acceptance of someone else for who they are, even if their personality or beliefs differ from your own. When a coach shows their players respect, it establishes trust and comfort with the team. Plus, respect is two-sided; a coach who respects their players makes it easy for the players to reciprocate that respect.

When respect is present in a coach-player relationship, the player is more likely to listen and value the advice their coach gives them. The player will also be more likely to follow the requests of their coach, like showing up on time to games and working on skills at home. They’ll also be more motivated to focus and give their all at practice and during games.

As a coach, you can show respect to your team by:

Listening intently to the opinions of your players
Affirming your players (vocalizing positive qualities about them)
Being polite and kind when interacting with the team
Thanking and praising them when they display effort
3. Personal Investment
All players need their coach to display personal investment in them.

There’s a striking difference between a coach who sees each player as an individual potential hockey star and a coach who sees their team as just another batch of kids they’ll need to train for the season. As it turns out, players can easily sense the difference, even at a very young age.

A player who feels their coach isn’t personally invested in them isn’t motivated to perform for their team or for the coach. They’re less likely to display passion or effort in practices and games because they don’t want to deliver their coach a win. Furthermore, they’ll be less motivated to improve at all, because they feel like the coach won’t care about the progress anyway.

Every coach should take some time to get to know their players individually. The coach should discuss each player’s goals, ambitions, strengths, and weaknesses, and use that information to tailor their teaching to each of their players. They should experiment to figure out which forms of praise, criticism, and motivation are most useful for each member of their team. As a coach, showing personal investment is relatively simple, and it goes a long way to the loyalty of their players and the success of their team.

4. Motivation
Every coach should strive to motivate their players to perform at their best and improve as much as possible. It’s assumed that motivation pairs with being a coach, but a coach who motivates their players well is rarer than you may think.

As a coach, you should strive to celebrate victory but not punish failure; show excitement at a win and optimism, not a disappointment, at a loss. Praise effort and not the outcome. As mentioned in the “personal investment” section, motivation should also be individually tailored to each player. Some players respond better to intense motivation, and others respond better to calmer, more complimentary motivation.

If a coach strives to motivate their team in an effective way, it makes a massive difference in the team’s success and the players’ desire to better themselves.

5. Compassion
The final important element that players need from their coach is compassion.

Many coaches are great at motivating and investing in their players but lack the skills when it comes to being compassionate. Compassion is defined as sympathy for the suffering and misfortunes of others, but a player doesn’t need to “have a misfortune” to be able to show compassion.

As a coach, understand that every age group from minors to pro comes with its own, unique set of problems. Players are worried about exterior relationships, fitting in, being accepted, performing at their best, etc. Ask about your player’s lives and demonstrate sympathy toward your players’ problems. Sometimes, players are unable to block out distractions and focus on the sport because of other things going on in their lives. Be aware of this and accept it as is, and just do your best to work around any issues your players may be dealing with.

Even the best coaches in the world aren’t perfect; every coach makes mistakes, whether in what they teach or how they act, at some point. If you’re a coach, keep in mind that you’ll make some blunders along the way. The important thing is correcting them quickly and always trying your hardest to inspire and lead your team.

If you’re a player, it’s also important to keep in mind that your coach isn’t perfect. If he/she makes a mistake, loses their temper, or says something insensitive, simply point out the problem, forgive it, and try to move on.

So long as a coach tries to show openness, respect, personal investment, motivation, and compassion, they will surely make a fine teacher and leader.

BUILD A HEALTHY DIET WITH THESE 5 NUTRIENTS

 

Child Nutrients

Have you ever wondered if your kid should be following a diet?  Or maybe you’ve asked, “Just how unhealthy is that?”  Follow along to learn the 5 most important nutrients that your child should be consuming to improve his/her nutrition!To begin, your child does not need to follow a diet.  After all, they are just kids.  When I use the word diet, I am not referring to a regimen, but rather your child’s general food intake.  That being said, there are certain nutrients that you should try to make sure your child has daily. We’ll begin with one that I’m sure you are familiar with.

  1. Protein

Protein is critical at any age, but especially when a child is still developing.  According to parents.com, “Protein helps a child’s body build cells, break down food into energy, fight infection, and carry oxygen.”  Some popular and healthy protein options include:

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Turkey
  • Nuts
  1. Fats

Fats often have a negative connotation because many people associate them with being fat.  While this may be true for some fats, not all fats are bad!  Eating the right fats can be a great source of energy and help the body easily store nutrients.  According to mayoclinic.com, eating proper fats can also reduce blood cholesterol levels. So what kind of fats should you be feeding your child?  Below are some great choices.

  • Olive oils
  • Nuts
  • Avocados
  • Yogurts
  • Milk
  1. Fiber

According to an article from eatingwell.com, “constipation is one of the most common G.I. complaints in the United States.”  Fiber helps to regulate a child’s bowel regularity and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.  Fiber is often overlooked, but below are some high-in-fiber choices that you can add to your child’s diet.

  • Kidney beans
  • Artichoke
  • Whole-grain products
  • Broccoli
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  1. Carbohydrates

Carbs are not the enemy!  There are many misconceptions surrounding carbs, but ultimately, carbohydrates are your body’s most important source of energy.  Beyond providing energy, they help your body use the rest of its nutrients to build and repair tissue. So believe me, feeding your child carbohydrates is fine.  The key is minimizing carbs from sugar, and maximizing carbs from starch and fiber.   Below are a few examples of nutrient-dense carbohydrates.

  • Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Oatmeal
  1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is incredibly beneficial for the human body.  Beyond strengthening its immune system, “it also holds the body’s cells together, strengthens the walls of blood vessels, helps the body heal wounds, and is important for building strong bones and teeth.” (Parents.com).  Vitamin C can be easily incorporated into any diet with fruits, vegetables, and more. Below are some great foods that are high in vitamin C.

  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Potatoes
  • Broccoli

Getting a child to want to eat anything besides candy and cereal can be difficult, but it’s important to make sure their body is getting the proper nutrients early on.
Beyond helping their bodies develop, it will build good nutritional habits for them later in life.

So, is it okay to let your child enjoy some junk food?  Absolutely.  Just try to remember to fit these 5 nutrients into your child’s daily diet.  You’ll both be glad you did.

For more information from Player’s Health regarding nutrition, check out this article!

Countdown to Game Day: Best Diet Planning for Young Athletes

Sources:

https://www.parents.com/kids/nutrition/healthy-eating/must-eat-nutrients/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fat/art-20045550

https://greatist.com/health/surprising-high-fiber-foods

http://www.eatingwell.com/article/287742/10-amazing-health-benefits-of-eating-more-fiber/

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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO WORKOUT

When is the best time to get in a workout? Some early risers swear by the before-school routine, some prefer a post-dinner session at the gym. Whatever your schedule, working out can boost your energy, metabolism, and athleticism, but the results you get may be affected by when you choose to hit the gym.

Research suggests that morning workouts can help you lose weight. By exercising first thing in the morning, you kick-start your body’s oxidation process and boost your metabolism, helping you burn more calories throughout the day. So morning workouts can be a great strategy for weight loss!

Working out in the morning can also be psychologically useful. A study conducted at Appalachian State University found that morning workouts are preferable if you want a better night’s rest. When you wake up as soon as the sun rises, your mind associates daylight with being awake and therefore helps you sleep when it’s dark and maximizes productivity during the day. Plus, you’ll be more tired after a day started with raising your heart rate.

Furthermore, getting in the habit of doing physical activity as soon as you wake up can train your body to work as soon as it wakes up and reduces drowsiness, leaving you feeling energized and alert. No more of those long-drug-out, multi-alarm mornings!

However, if the thought of waking up an extra hour early is not in your realm of potentials, there are plenty of benefits to a night workout which may better suit your lifestyle.

Bodies naturally have more energy in the evenings, which will give you more strength and endurance during your workout. In this time, muscles are more flexible and reaction time is quicker. The late afternoon or evening is when protein synthesis peaks, making this the most effectual time to build muscle through weight training or cardio. Plus, young athletes who already have to wake up early for school may see detrimental results from less sleep.

One research group studying participants working out at five different times of day found a profound increase in overall fitness levels for those who worked out in the late afternoon. Working out in the afternoon, when bodies are awake and filled with the nutrients from meals eaten earlier in the day, are able to manage more intense workouts and therefore increase health sustainably.

Between the metabolism-boosting kick-start of a morning workout, and performance-peaked evening workouts, it is up to the athlete to know their body and do what feels best.

 

For more answers to your sports questions, check out the Player’s Health blog!

 

This article referenced:

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/exercise/what’s-best-time-day-work-out

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-55255/Why-night-time-best-work-time.html

https://www.sixpackbags.com/blog/work-morning-night

https://www.elitedaily.com/life/theres-big-difference-working-morning-night/1035312

CONCUSSION PROTOCOL FOR YOUTH

The verdict is in: Sports-related concussions are rapidly increasing at all levels of competition, but its youth athletes who are feeling the bulk of the impact.

According to a comprehensive study published in 2016 by Alan Zhang in the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine, from 2007 to 2014 concussion incidence rose by 60% across all age groups from with the highest spikes observed in children ages 10-14 (143% increase) and 15-19 (87% increase). While Zhang and many other researchers in the field are quick to acknowledge that some of this uptick is attributable to increased awareness and more diligent reporting of concussion-related incidents, they still believe these findings are a major cause for concern for youth athletes:

“This trend is alarming [however], and the youth population should definitely be prioritized for ongoing work in concussion diagnosis, education, treatment and prevention,” said Zhang upon the release of his findings.

And though many believe the risk is limited to football and hockey, recent studies confirm that the impact spreads far beyond the gridiron or ice rink. In fact, most young athletes – no matter the sport – are at risk of sustaining a concussion anytime they engage in sports activities, whether it is a casual practice or scrimmage, or a hyper-competitive championship game.

Many youth sports leagues are already doing their part by institutionalizing return-to-play protocol; however, as a parent, coach, physician or league/tournament administrator, it is critical to know and implement the proper concussion treatment and management procedures. As a baseline reference, the CDC offers excellent general concussion return-to-play guidelines (see image below):

 

 

 

Five tips for youth hockey parents to ensure your child is ‘equipped’ for injury prevention:

When it comes to buying hockey equipment, young players are typically focused on performance rather than safety. But as the speed of the game continues to rise, so does the associated risk with severe injury. Being properly outfitted and prepared is essential for player safety.

To that end, here are five tips for youth hockey parents to ensure your child is ‘equipped’ for injury prevention:

  1. Blades that make the grade:
    Skates are not like your typical Sunday shoes – buy them to fit now and ensure they fit tightly on your child’s feet. The right size is typically a size or two smaller than shoes. For anything but an entry-level skate, the boot should be heat molded to the skater’s foot — preferably in the shop before you leave – and the blades should be sharpened.
  2. Brain buckets:
    Helmets are not the area to bargain shop. A good fit and a full-face cage are essential.
  3. Body armor:
    Biceps, the chest and the upper back all are protected by what falls under the heading of “shoulder pads.” Sizing is crucial, as young players developing proper technique need both the mobility and protection afforded by a secure fit that is not too bulky. Elbow pads take the brunt of many falls for young players. Neck guards protect from wayward skates, pucks and sticks. Shin pads protect from the top of the knees to the top of the skates — and a proper fit will leave no gap between skate and pad, with the knee fitting snugly into the cup. If your little blue-liner likes to block shots, look for something that also protects the calves and the back of the knee.
  4. Don’t be gum dumb:
    Mouth guards are a must and must be worn at all times on the ice. Do not let your child casually dangle it over his / her lips.
  5. And don’t forget…
    Gloves, socks and hockey pants seem more part of the uniform than the safety gear, but consider that hockey pants are padded at the hip, thigh, tailbone and lower back, while socks help hold shin guards in place. Gloves can be stiff, so make sure your young player can close his or her hands well enough to securely hold and maneuver a stick.

 

This article was produced in collaboration with AJ Lee of Pro Stock Hockey, an online hockey store carrying authentic pro stock hockey equipment.

NEW PARTNERSHIP – NASHA AND PLAYERS HEALTH

November 10, 2019 – NASHA Sports, a 10-year-old company that has worked to provide safety to hockey players through its Sanctioning of Members of a great many Spring Hockey Teams, Hockey Schools, Independent Tournaments and Leagues in Canada, today announced a new partnership to take the health and safety of players to the next level. NASHA Sports is a leader in the off-season and Independent Hockey.

“NASHA is excited to be working on this initiative with Players Health.  In a sport where risks are high for injury, we believe we can lead the way in providing the Players Health program to our Membership. Health and Safety have always been a top concern for NASHA members. This is another tool to support NASHA Members across the country” said Mark Hetherman – Executive Director at the NASHA Sports Brand.

Hetherman continued to say “when we moved into the off-season Hockey business years ago as an operator of a large Spring/Summer Hockey Organization we were very concerned about player protection, we recognized that players were mostly unprotected outside of Winter Hockey.  Now we want to be a leader in this space. As a proud partner of Player’s Health, this association allows us to be innovative by creating a user-friendly online risk management tool and establishing new standards of health and safety in hockey”.

Player’s Health Circle of Care Risk Management Suite is an interactive, digital risk management platform to quickly assess and provide guidance on the best care for the health and well-being of youth athletes. The Player’s Health Circle of Care includes injury protocols; rehab assignments; and private, anonymous abuse and misconduct reporting. The platform also has a PIPEDA compliant interface simplifying the flow of youth athlete health information between the coach, parent, and healthcare provider.

“We are extremely excited to partner with NASHA Sports who embody our vision for making sports safer for young athletes. As a former player for the Calgary Stampeders, Canadian Football League gave me the opportunity to live out my dream and understand the tools needed to make the sport safer,” said Tyrre Burks, Founder, and CEO of Player’s Health. “Together, we are committed to providing all sanctioned members of NASHA Sports regardless of size, status and geography with risk services through challenging issues.”

Hetherman stated that many details will follow in the next few weeks as we drive towards spring 2020.

About Player’s Health
Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Player’s Health is a sports services organization that provides risk management and reporting tools to sports organizations to comply with the changing athletic environment and responsibilities. Player’s Health works towards creating the safest environment for athletes and views the health and safety of athletes as a priority in today’s sports landscape. This requires creating and maintaining products that provide a circle of care for safety, trust, accountability, and accessibility for athletes. In doing so, Player’s Health is a company where the mission drives the business and creates an environment where fun and peace of mind lives in sports. For more information on Player’s Health, visit www.playershealth.com.

PLAYERS HEALTH APP A MUST FOR ALL ATHLETIC FAMILIES

Hey everyone I have been introduced to the most important APP that all families of a athlete young or old should have on their phone. I have personally worked with the APP and it is fantastic. Your loved one could be saved by Team Trainers, Medical Personnel, Coach, other player. Check out Youtube Video at . https://youtu.be/fx-VeMSoeIY I have no ownership in this product and I make no money from the APP as it is FREE. https://playershealth.com/

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