Game On Magazine November 2015 - Page 36

Kerry Goulet’s second diagnosed concussion: “I was hit from two sides and knocked out cold,” Goulet said. “I was out with my eyes open until I got to my feet. Then I was taken to the bench and three smelling salts later, I did not miss a shift. Gladiator or stupid?” “I was out with my eyes open until I got to my feet. Then I was taken to the bench and three smelling salts later, I did not miss a shift. Gladiator or stupid?” Ultimately, it was probably stupid. Concussions ended his career, a 2,000-point career that was eventually honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame. But the head trauma was just too much and Goulet vowed to learn as much as he could in order to give back to the game he loved. Fact is, stopconcussions.com was co-founded out of a pure desire to do just that. Today, stopconcussions.com is proud of the platform that has been created with the help of many ambassadors and supporters, people like Wayne and Keith Primeau and the great Toronto Maple Leafs star, Ron Ellis. It’s becoming so big that the recent Canada-USA Tour of Australia, featuring some of the top North American pros including NHL star and IIHF world champion Bent Burns – a tour that’s called by Goulet “our greatest achievement in battling concussions on both awareness and fundraising” -was a rousing success this past summer. “Concussions end careers, end lives and dreams and the foundation’s goal is to address the management of concussions, head on,” said Goulet. “Both Keith and I have the physical scars but also the inherent emotional and mental impairments that concussions bring with them. The foundation’s simple and singular focus is to ensure that players of any sport do not suffer as unnecessarily as they have. Education and prevention propel all of our efforts. The major plank in the stopconcussions.com platform is to 36 GAME ON SEPTEMBER 2015 advocate the message regarding the critical importance of understanding concussions and their impact on players. Education and prevention are the most important aspects when it comes to addressing concussions and they are front and centre in the stopconcussions.com mandate. As such, stopconcussions.com is looking to change the mindset not the game. “To the stopconcussions.com team, concussions are an invisible injury and there is no pill, no Band-Aid and no equipment that will help,” Goulet added. “Only education can reduce the incidence of concussions. For additional information go to our website www.stopconcussions.com.” n Stopconcussions.com, co-founded by Kerry Goulet and former NHL star Keith Primeau, is a concussion/neurotrauma educational and awareness platform for all sports, established to address the growing trend of concussions in sports. It is an educational portal that players, parents, coaches, and officials can visit to seek the most up-to-date information regarding concussions. The main goal of stopconcussions.com is to ensure a level of concussion awareness that ensures that all parties involved in sport can play it safe in their respective sport. Stopconcussions.com will have sport-specific programs to help “change the mindset, not the game.” Stopconcussions.com Found