Victoria Shamrocks players battle with the New Westminster Salmonbellies during last season’s Western Lacrosse Association finals at The Q Centre. (Gazette file photo).

WLA partners on new concussion protocol

All teams, including Victoria Shamrocks, equipped with mobile testing app

In an effort to strengthen the league’s concussion protocols, the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) has partnered with HeadCheck Health Inc. with the adoption of HeadCheck’s testing platform.

The new partnership will equip all WLA teams, including the Victoria Shamrocks, with a mobile testing app to be used by teams’ trainers and therapists with the intention of giving them more thorough concussion management including a medical clearance process.

“We want to make sure every player in our league is receiving proper concussion testing,” said Paul Dal Monte, WLA commissioner in a statement. “By working with HeadCheck, we will be able to raise the standard of testing across the league and make the WLA safer for our players.”

The WLA will be supplied with custom reports based on data analysis done by HeadCheck to help them monitor the effectiveness of their concussion protocol and make player health and safety improvements.

“For a concussion protocol to be effective, it needs to be followed 100 per cent of the time,” said Harrison Brown, CEO of HeadCheck Health. “Our technology will improve testing procedures at the team level and oversight of concussion management at the league level.”

The Victoria Shamrocks kicked off the season at home in The Q Centre on Friday.

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