Baseball Ontario is pleased to announce details of “Baseball Ontario Concussion Awareness Month” during the month of April

While baseball has not had near the number of concussion issues as hockey, the issue is growing at all levels and prevalent with many high profile MLB players effected including Canadian Justin Morneau (twice) as well as the unfortunate passing of Ryan Freel of the Cincinnati Reds due to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

Concussions in baseball is a health issue that Baseball Ontario wishes to create awareness of given the potential frequency of occurrence with youth players and umpires and the short and long-term consequences. Recognition of the signs and symptoms of concussions and knowledge of the principles of management is critical for all coaches, players, parents, umpires and volunteers.

Developed in partnership with LifeMark and Centric Health, “Baseball Ontario Concussion Awareness Month” is a month long integrated program focussed on creating awareness of concussions, proper management and measures to minimize incidence.

Details of the program are as follows:

2 Webinars:
April 1st and 14th

The 1 hour long Webinar hosted by LifeMark and Centric Health will focus on concussion awareness and education.

2 Webinars will be held during the month to provide flexibility to participate.

The webinars will also be posted on both the Baseball Ontario and LifeMark sites for those unable to participate on either of the 2 days.

Baseline Testing of Players and Umpires:
April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th & 25th

Players and umpires are encouraged to undergo computerized testing (ImPACT) prior to the start of the season for a nominal fee of $30 tax. Online registration will be provided.

The goal is to have players and umpires undergo the baseline test (accepted by governing bodies such as the IOC, IIFH and the MLB) in the event they suffer a concussion during the season as the test will help clinicians to track and manage a concussion.

LifeMark and Centric Health “Open Houses”:
April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th & 25th

LifeMark and Centric Health locations (24 out of 43) equipped to do Baseline Testing will host “Open Houses” for Baseball Ontario members and their families on the same dates as the Baseline Testing.

Baseball Ontario members are encouraged to visit LifeMark and Centric Health locations and familiarize themselves with the sports related health services available to them in their community to prevent and rehabilitate injuries.

Social Media Campaign:
March 16th to April 30th

Watch and follow the Baseball Ontario accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram starting today .

The campaign will work to create awareness of the various events noted above and increase the knowledge and understanding of the issue of concussions with everyone involved in the game in Ontario in an informative yet fun and engaging manner.

The campaign will utilize a mix of social media platforms on various days so be sure you are following Baseball Ontario accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be a part of it.

Please pass along the following Baseball Ontario accounts to all your players, coaches, parents and umpires and request them to follow us so they can participate:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BaseballOntario

Twiiter: https://twitter.com/BaseballOntario

Instagram: @baseball_ontario

Watch for exciting contests and prizes during the campaign!

Follow Baseball Ontario on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!!!

Media Campaign:
April 1st to April 30th

Media Releases with information on concussions in baseball will be provided to the media to help increase awareness of this important health issue in youth baseball.

The media releases will also provide information on the proper management of concussions at various times during the month.

Website Links:
April 1st to April 30th

Website Links and posters will be distributed to all Baseball Ontario members and we please ask all Locals and Affiliates to post these on your websites to help create awareness for this worthwhile initiative during the month of April.

 

The links will help your respective members to have easy access to information on the various events and information on concussions.

As we go forward over the next 45 days with “Baseball Ontario Concussion Awareness Month” , we will send out information as reminders in the days leading up to each of the events above so you can pass the information along to your coaches, players, parents and umpires.

If you have any information about any of the activities planned during the month, please contact the Baseball Ontario office.