First Aid Policy
Currently the Riverside Ice and Leisure centre staff manage any on ice injury. A trained first aider is available at all times whilst the rink is open and is able to give first aid and assess the needs of the injured party. Should an injury occur on the ice, they will assess if it is safe to move the injured party or to call for paramedics to do so and to continue treatment either off ice or in hospital. During match situations a player can only be attended to once the EIHA referee has stopped the game and allowed access to the injured player.
New EIHA rulings for 2014/15 state that all level two coaches must be trained in first aid. These courses will be taking place over the summer to ensure that the Academy is wholly within the EIHA guidelines. In addition to this the Chelmsford Ice Hockey Academy feel that the safety of its players is paramount and thus, will also be training additional coaches, managers and registered DBS officials in First aid so that there is adequate supervision both on and off the ice in the event of an injury occurring during any game or training situation. It is fundamentally important to the Academy that injured members receive attention and assessment as quickly as possible and we feel, by training our coaches and off ice officials, this care can be administered without the delay of waiting for a member of Centre staff to attend the ice.
Ice hockey can be a dangerous sport, as a parent it is your responsibility to ensure your child is adequately protected whilst on the ice with proper certified equipment. Whilst the Academy takes every step to ensure a safe playing environment, accidents may happen. In allowing your child to play, you do so at your and your childs own risk, please make sure that you attend training and games with your child, or delegate someone to do so in case of emergencies. It is also your duty to let us know of any medical and / or behavioural conditions your child has, or has suffered from, that may affect your child on or off the ice or affect the medical treatment that may be given should an emergency occur.
Unless the Club has been notified in writing to the contrary, the Club will assume that in the unlikely event that a player or member requires emergency first aid or medical treatment THAT NO OBJECTION OR RECRIMINATION will be made to the administration of said first aid. The Club or its officials cannot be held responsible or liable for any injury or repercussions that may result from any injury or first aid treatment.
You, as a parent, must not encourage injured players to return too early from injuries or to play whilst injured. It is important that you follow the advice of the player's doctor, if given, in determining whether an injured player is ready to play again. Any return from injury, if not cleared by a medical professional in writing to the club, is done so at the parents own risk.