"Return to Learning" Concussion Guidelines Emerging

With return to physical activity and game play after a concussion injury fairly well established in practice, it's only now being recognized that there might need to be a separate "Return to Learning" concussion protocol.

At this time, clear guidelines do not exist. The American Academy of Pediatrics published a clinical report in October 2013 discussing the need for "return to learning" guidelines. Here's their abstract:
Following a concussion, it is common for children and adolescents to experience difficulties in the school setting. Cognitive difficulties, such as learning new tasks or remembering previously learned material, may pose challenges in the classroom. The school environment may also increase symptoms with exposure to bright lights and screens or noisy cafeterias and hallways. Unfortunately, because most children and adolescents look physically normal after a concussion, school officials often fail to recognize the need for academic or environmental adjustments. Appropriate guidance and recommendations from the pediatrician may ease the transition back to the school environment and facilitate the recovery of the child or adolescent. This report serves to provide a better understanding of possible factors that may contribute to difficulties in a school environment after a concussion and serves as a framework for the medical home, the educational home, and the family home to guide the student to a successful and safe return to learning.
Some caution has been advised.  Overall, although unclear and still confusing, this is a definite step forward.
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Scores - Western AAA Ringette Challenge Cup

Scores for the Western AAA Ringette Challenge Cup schedule, January 17-19, 2014, are below. Congratulations to Western Region on winning Gold in overtime.

Friday, January 17, 2014
12:00 PM - Western 4 vs United 2
1:30 PM  - Southern 4 vs Central 3
3:00 PM  - Northeast 2 vs Eastern 9

6:00 PM - United 1 vs S 6
7:30 PM - Central 8 vs NE 3
9:00 PM - E 4 vs W 5

Saturday, January 18, 2014
10:00 AM - NE 1 vs S 8
11:30 AM - W 3 vs C 4
1:00 PM  - E 9 vs United 4

5:00 PM - S 2 vs W 4
6:30 PM - United 8 vs NE 1
8:00 PM - C 2 vs E 9

Sunday, January 19, 2014
9:00 AM  - W 9 vs NE 2
10:30 AM - C 3 vs United 2
12:00 PM - S 4 vs E 8

FINAL
4:00 PM - 2nd Eastern 5 vs 1st Western 6
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Return to Play Concussion Protocol

Concussion knowledge and recovery practice is growing all the time and that's great.

The Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT) has evolved to SCAT3 (pdf) and there's even a SCAT3 for kids 5 years old to 12 years old.  A great central resource about concussions and concussion recovery is ThinkFirst.ca, where you can also download a pocket version guide for Concussion Recognition.

That's the assessment side.  What about recovery?

ThinkFirst has a 2-page PDF summarizing the Return to Play concussion protocol, which they have created from  the Zurich Guidelines outlined in the Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport.  These return to play guidelines have been reviewed by the highly qualified ThinkFirst Concussion Education and Awareness Committee (visit this page and scroll down to see the members).

Post-Concussion Return to Play Steps (more detail):

  1. No activity, only complete rest
  2. Light aerobic exercise
  3. Sport specific activities
  4. Begin drills, without body contact
  5. Begin drills with Body Contact
  6. Game Play

Some steps require a 1 day wait-time, concussion symptom free, while others require physician clearance.
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Western Region AAA Ringette Challenge Cup Schedule 2014

The Western AAA Ringette Challenge Cup schedule, January 17-19, 2014, is below and is also on Score2Stats.

All games will be played at Pyramid Recreational Centre in St. Marys > View Map

Friday, January 17, 2014
12:00 PM - Western vs United
1:30 PM  - Southern vs Central
3:00 PM  - Northeast vs Eastern

6:00 PM - United vs S
7:30 PM - Central vs NE
9:00 PM - E vs W

Saturday, January 18, 2014
10:00 AM - NE vs S
11:30 AM - W vs C
1:00 PM  - E vs United

5:00 PM - S vs W
6:30 PM - United vs NE
8:00 PM - C vs E

Sunday, January 19, 2014
9:00 AM  - W vs NE
10:30 AM - C vs United
12:00 PM - S vs E

FINAL
4:00 PM - 2nd vs 1st


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World Ringette Championships 2013 Gold Medal Game

Team Finland won the 2013 World Ringette Championship Jacks Division best 2 out of 3, taking the gold, with silver going to Team Canada. Final score for game 2 was 7-5.

> View Game Sheet
> View Game Summary



There was a problem with the video stream in the 4th period. You can watch the 4th period on YouTube.

Finland: A. Pohjola (04:37 2nd), M. Virta (06:37 2nd), R. Häyrinen (14:17 2nd), M. Virta (09:24 3rd), S. Kallionpää (11:56 3rd), K. Pukkila (01:18 4th), K. Pukkila (07:54 4th)

Canada: A. Ferguson (10:42 1st), K. Youldon (12:39 1st), J. Gaudet (03:46 3rd), A. Ferguson (08:54 4th), A. Ferguson (14:40 4th)
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Canada vs Finland Ringette Webcast

Final Score: Team Finland 8 Team Canada 4 - Game 1 in the Sam Jacks Pool, 2013 World Ringette Championships, in North Bay. Game 2 will be played on Jan 3 at 7:00 pm EST.

Watch World Ringette Championship Webcast, 2 Jan 2014 - Game 1, best of 3:



> View list of all available World Ringette Championship 2013 Webcasts
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Team Sweden vs U19 Canada Webcast - President's Pool

Final Score: Team Sweden 2 vs Team Canada 14
President's Pool ringette - 2 January 2014.

> Watch the webcast



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U19 Finland vs U19 Canada - Ringette Game Webcast

U19 Finland ringette team defeated U19 Canada 7 to 2 in an exhibition game.

Watch the webcast here: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/5897788/events/2630864


 
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One Week After the Ice Storm #DarkTO is Almost Over

With a big melt over the last 2 days, much of the ice coating from the Dec 21 storm that left much of Toronto in the dark is gone.

Ice Coated Branches (Click to Enlarge)


The neighbourhood looks less like a war zone, although there are piles of branches and broken tree limbs and a few houses with generators still running.

Hydro Pole & Tree Down at Strath & Prince Edward (Click to Enlarge)



Some of our downspouts are still full of ice.  Not to complain though - we were one of the relatively lucky ones, with power out for about 27 hours.  Toronto Hydro tweeted that 725 customers are still without power today. It's slow work.  Some complicated repairs are taking many hours. Toronto Hydro hopes to have the balance restored by end of today.


Thank you to all who've been working round the clock to getting power back, particularly those from out of town and province.

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Lots of Ringette in North Bay - World Ringette Championships, University Challenge Cup & More!

Over the next week both the World Ringette Championships and the University Challenge Cup will be in North Bay.  Teams will be representing Canada, Finland, USA, Sweden.  U19 teams will be participating from Canada and Finland.

Special events, including celebrations of 50 years of Ringette, as well as New Year's Eve events hosted by the City of North Bay.

Can't attend the games in North Bay in person? You can watch some of the World Ringette Championship games live on the web here.

Or follow @RingetteCanada or #wrc2013 on Twitter...



Nipissing University is hosting the University Ringette Challenge Cup, January 1-4, 2014.  Here are the schedules:

  • Tier 1 Schedule > View pdf
    Includes teams from these universities: Western, Calgary, Dalhousie, McMaster, Ottawa, Carleton, Northern Alberta
      
  • Tier 2 Schedule > View pdf
    Includes teams from these universities: Nipissing, Guelph, McMaster, Brock, Laurentian
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Scores - Sudbury AAA Ringette Challenge Cup

Scores for the Sudbury AAA Ringette Challenge Cup games are below and can also be found on Score2Stats.

Congratulations to Southern Region for winning Gold and Eastern Region for their 2nd place Silver medal.

All games at Countryside Sports Complex in Sudbury.

Friday, November 29, 2013 
10:00 AM - Southern 10 vs Northeast 3
11:30 AM - Eastern 6 vs United 3
1:00 PM - Western 6 vs Central 3

6:15 PM - United 4 vs S 6
7:45 PM - C 11 vs NE 4
9:15 PM - W 2 vs E 5

Saturday, November 30, 2013
8:00 AM - C 4 vs United 3
9:30 AM - E 4 vs S 4
11:00 AM - W 8 vs NE 1

2:30 PM - S 6 vs C 5
4:00 PM - United 3 vs W 3
5:30 PM - NE 2 vs E 9

Sunday, December 1, 2013
8:30 AM - S 4 vs W 4
9:30 AM - E 9 vs C 2
11:00 PM - NE 1 vs United 8

FINAL
3:30 PM - 2nd Southern 7 - vs 1st place Eastern 6

Southern wins Gold, Eastern Silver.
Congratulations!


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Scores Southern AAA Ringette Challenge Cup

Scores for the Southern Region AAA Ringette Challenge Cup games are below and can also be found on Score2Stats (mobile version).  [Note:These Score2stats links are to the alternate Score2Stats site score2statsbeta.com.  The score2stats.com website is down and the URL is currently not working.]

Last updated:  5:30 pm, 27 Oct 2013 

Congratulations to Eastern Region for winning Gold and Central Region for their 2nd place Silver medal.

Friday, October 25, 2013 
Games at Huron Park Arena (Mississauga)
10:00 AM - Western 7 vs Southern 0
11:20 AM - NE 4 vs United 11
12:40 PM - Central 4 vs Eastern 6

6:00 PM - NE 1 vs Western 8
7:20 PM - United 8 vs Central 11
8:40 PM - Eastern 7 vs Southern 3

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Games at Huron Park Arena (Mississauga)
8:00 AM - W 3 vs C 4
9:20 AM - S 10 vs NE 3
10:40 AM - United 2 vs E 9

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Games at Elgin Barrow Arena (Richmond Hill)
4:00 PM - C 7 vs S 7
5:20 PM - W 7 vs United 2
6:40 PM - NE 0 vs E 7

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Games at Hespeler Arena (Cambridge)
8:30 AM - S 3 vs United 6
9:50 AM - E 2 vs W 1
11:10 PM - C 8 vs NE 1

FINAL
Game at Hespeler Arena (Cambridge)
4:00 PM - 2nd Central 1 - vs 1st place Eastern 6


Eastern wins Gold, Central Silver.
Congratulations!



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Ringette Roadshow at Huron Park Community Centre

From the Mississauga News, by Jason Spencer


The Ringette Roadshow visited Huron Park Community Centre on Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sport. Here, organizer Frances Losier poses with mascots Junior Jacks (left) and Samantha Belle (Photo: Jason Spencer, Mississauga News).
In 1963, North Bay's Sam Jacks invented the game of ringette. The first match was played in the fall of that year in Espanola.

Five decades later, the predominately female sport is thriving in North American and Europe, and Ringette Canada has been spreading the good word about the game.

To mark the sport's 50th anniversary, the organization is touring across the country where it all started with their Ringette Roadshow.

The show — which hits 15 cities in 30 days — finished off its eastern leg at Huron Park Community Centre on Saturday.

Amid the hardest shot competition, where attendees tried their hand at flinging rings into a net, and a dress-up showdown, where pairs of participants raced to see who could put on ringette equipment the fastest, the show's mascots reminded visitors of the sport's heritage.

Dressed in squishy-looking costumes with oversized heads, Samantha Belle and Junior Jacks — a mashup of earlier divisional categories and the name of the game's founder — bumped around the community centre, bringing joy to the youngsters in the crowd.

It was an opportune time for the show to stop by the community centre, as it coincided with a AAA Challenge Cup game on the Huron Park rink. The under-19 ringette players in the game will be going on to compete in the Ontario Winter Games in March.

For the uninitiated, organizer Frances Losier wants those new to the game to know that ringette only looks like hockey.

"It is very similar in that we're on the ice, we've got a five-on-five and a goalkeeper, but in terms of strategy it's closer to soccer, basketball and lacrosse," said Losier.

"In ringette," she explained, "because we have to pass at every blue line, it does become a very team-focussed game; you can't go end-to-end — you can't have one superstar."

"People who don't know about the sport and think that it's another version of hockey, but it's actually harder than you think it is," added Mississauga's Allison Edwards, who's been playing the sport for a decade.

After lighting up the radar gun at the hardest shot station, Edwards' mother, Heather, said, "With the 50th anniversary, we're just trying to put the awareness out there for a lot of the girls, who don't know about ringette."

Heather, a ringette coach, said players can start as early as age 4 and Mississauga has one of the largest ringette scene's in the province.

The Ringette Roadshow picks up in Vancouver on Nov. 2 and ends in Winnipeg on Nov. 7.
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Game Schedule Southern AAA Ringette Challenge Cup

The schedule for the Southern Region AAA Ringette Challenge Cup games is below and can also be found on Score2Stats. [Note:These Score2stats links are to the alternate Score2Stats site score2statsbeta.com.  The score2stats.com website is down and the URL is currently not working.]

Friday, October 25, 2013 
Games at Huron Park Arena (Mississauga)
10:00 AM - Western 7 vs Southern 0
11:20 AM - NE 4 vs United 11
12:40 PM - Central 4 vs Eastern 6

6:00 PM - NE 1 vs Western 8
7:20 PM - United 8 vs Central 11
8:40 PM - Eastern 7 vs Southern 3


Saturday, October 26, 2013
Games at Huron Park Arena (Mississauga)
8:00 AM - W 3 vs C 4
9:20 AM - S 10 vs NE 3
10:40 AM - United 2 vs E 9

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Games at Elgin Barrow Arena (Richmond Hill)
4:00 PM - C 7 vs S 7
5:20 PM - W 7 vs United 2
6:40 PM - NE 0 vs E 7


Sunday, October 27, 2013
Games at Hespeler Arena (Cambridge)
8:30 AM - S 3 vs United 6
9:50 AM - E 2 vs W 1
11:10 PM - C 8 vs NE 1


FINAL
Game at Hespeler Arena (Cambridge)
4:00 PM - 2nd Central - vs 1st Eastern

Eastern wins Gold over Central with a score of 6 to 1.




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Southern Region AAA Ringette Challenge Cup

The schedule for the Southern Region AAA Ringette Challenge Cup is available in PDF format.

Update: Game Scores & Results for Southern Region AAA Challenge Cup

Games will be played in Mississauga, Richmond Hill and Cambridge at:
  • Huron Park Arena (Mississauga)
  • Elgin Barrow Arena (Richmond Hill)
  • Hespeler Arena (Cambridge)

  • This is a busy ringette weekend!  

    The 50th Anniversary Ringette Roadshow will be at Huron Park on Saturday, October 26 from 9:30 am to 1 pm > more details

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    50th Anniversary Ringette Roadshow is coming to Mississauga


    2013 is Ringette's 50th year and as part of the celebrations, Ringette Canada is going on a cross-Canada roadshow, visiting 15 cities in 30 days in a VW Touareg, generously provided by Volkswagen Canada.

    On October 26, the roadshow will be in Mississauga at Huron Park Community Centre.

    There will be special displays, and activities are planned to allow kids to have fun and test their skills.

    Also on October 25-26, Southern Region AAA Challenge Cup games will be played at Huron Park.
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    Support the Thrive Centre at the University of Calgary

    The Thrive Centre is the University of Calgary's free fitness centre for cancer patients, offering safe and effective exercise programs and facilities for all cancer survivors.

    Run by students, the Thrive Centre is dependent on community donations The Thrive Centre is unique to Calgary.  Their goal is to empower and improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer.

    The Thrive Centre's annual walk/run fundraiser Stride for Thrive is this weekend, on September 22.  It's not too late to register or donate.

    And this year, Aegent Energy Advisors and the Running Injury Clinic are both donating $10 for every participant that raises over $50.

    All proceeds from Stride for Thrive will go towards improving Thrive Centre programming, services and equipment such as: 

    Services
    • Funding for group exercises classes for cancer patients and survivors 
    • Funding support for additional staff members 
    • Funding to provide workshops for parents whose children are entering the paediatric oncology exercise program
    • Funding to offer subsidized parking for participants
    • Funding to support volunteer training sessions 
    Equipment 
    • Heart Rate monitors 
    • Exercise equipment including Polar watches
    • Therabands and exercise balls 
    • Children's exercise equipment 
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    "What Happens in Vegas" Las Vegas Ringette Tournament


    The 6th edition of the "What Happens in Vegas" Ringette Tournament in Las Vegas will be on April 27-30, 2014.

    The itinerary is posted and early bird registration closes on December 15, 2013.

    Last year, there was even a team from Helsinki, Sweden!

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    Come Try Ringette

    A new ringette season is upon us and many associations are hosting Come Try Ringette Events over the next few weekends.

    Sept 7, 2013:
    • Elora Fergus - 4-5 pm at Fergus Sportsplex
    • St. Marys - 9:15 to 11:15 am at the Pyramid Recreation Centre
    • Whitby - 10-11 am at Iroquois Park
    Sept 8, 2013:
    • Niagara Falls -  2-3 pm at Gale Center
    • Kitchener - 6:15 pm at Activa Sportsplex
    ...and there are more in Paris, London, Markham, Ottawa, Richmond Hill, Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, Kingston, Mississauga, Newmarket and Sault Ste. Marie


    You can get more details about each of the above events, and others, here.
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    AAA Ringette Challenge Cups 2013-2014

    Every 2 years, top U19 ringette players in Ontario have an opportunity to tryout and play on one of 6 regional AAA level ringette teams, culminating in the Ontario Winter Games.
    > Watch YouTube Video of 2012 OWG game in Creemore, ON

    Some of these players will be invited to try out for Team Ontario.  Team Ontario competes against the other provinces at the Canada Winter Games.  Held every 4 years, the next CWG will be in Prince George, BC in 2015).  In 2011, Team Ontario won the gold medal   > Watch YouTube Video
    In 2014, ringette at the Ontario Winter Games will be held in Bala, Ontario.  Before the Ontario Winter Games, the 6 AAA teams will meet in 3 Ringette Challenge Cups, to be held on:

    • October 25 - 27, 2013 - hosted by the Southern Region, games will be played in Cambridge, Mississauga and Richmond Hill
    • November 29 - December 1, 2013 - hosted by the Sudbury Ringette Association 
    • January 17 - 19, 2014 - hosted by the St. Marys Ringette Association 
    Schedules will be posted closer to the tournament dates.

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    U19 World Ringette Results, Game Sheets & Webcasts

    Scores & game results from U19 World Ringette Championships are below, or get U19 World Ringette game results on leaguestat.

    Gold - Canada East
    Silver - Finland
    Bronze - Canada West

    Day 6 - January 3, 2013

    U19 World Ringette Championships Final Games Webcast commentators for Jan 2 and 3 were David Singh @davidcsingh and Lindsay Deveaux @lindsayde. Lindsay is a player, referee and coach from London, Ontario. David is Head Coach for Team France, and is also Head Coach for NRL's 2012-13 Lac St. Louis Adrenaline.


    Day 5 - January 2, 2013

    U19 World Ringette Championships Semi-Final Games
    U19 World Ringette Championships Round Robin Dec. 29 to Jan. 1.

    Day 4 - January 1, 2013 Day 3 - December 31, 2012 Day 2 - December 30, 2012 Day 1 - December 29, 2012 Links to U19 World Ringette Championships official schedule, game sheets, results & webcasts: ----

    Related: Did you see the Globe and Mail article "Not Your Granny's Ringette Anymore"?

    > Current U19 ringette championship team standings.

    Day 6 - January 3, 2013
    • Game 18 11 am - Bronze Medal Game:
        Webcast
    • Game 20 2 pm - Gold Medal Game:
        Webcast
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    #U19WRC - Follow U19 World Ringette Championships on Twitter

    Follow @U19WRC, @RingetteCanada or hashtag #U19WRC for U19 World Ringette Championships action on Twitter.

    > View game results, game sheets & links to online TV webcasts



    If you can't attend in person or watch the U19 world ringette games online, Twitter's the next best thing!
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