Return to Play Protocol

Return to Play from Injuries

Please be advised that Hockey Canada, in consultation with the Hockey Canada Chief Medical Officer, and the HDCO Hockey Trainers Certification Program committee, has approved the following amendment to the recommended Return to Play process as taught within the Hockey Canada Safety Program and Hockey Trainers Certification Program :

With respect to players returning to play, muscular and skeletal injuries (excluding fractures) can be signed off by physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists, or nurse practitioners. Fractures as well as all neurological injuries including spinal injuries and concussions must be signed off by a physician. (Note this does not pertain to the Hockey Canada Injury report Form related to the insurance program. This will still need to be completed by a physician or a dentist if a dental injury).