Many youth hockey players in Canada will undergo the same concussion testing as NHL players this season, according to an article on Yahoo Sports.
While Hockey Canada, Canada's national governing body for hockey which oversees many youth programs, doesn't require passing a baseline test to play, it has developed a six-step protocol for athletes returning from head injury.
Some youth leagues, however, are mandating testing for its young players. John Chehade, director of sales and marketing for Critical Medicine Research Group (CMRG), a company which administers baseline tests, estimates his company will give baseline tests to as many as 17,000 youth hockey players across Canada this season.
One league, Minor Oaks Hockey Association, based in the Toronto suburb of Oakville, will pay the $25 per test as it requires all 2,600 of its young players, from the "lowest levels of house league right through to the top rep teams," to go through baseline testing before the season starts next month. Minor Oaks is the largest hockey association in Canada to mandate the neuro-cognitive test. The total bill will cost the association $65,000.
Said association executive Louis Ouellette,
"If we make it optional and one of the children who does not take the test gets hurt, we're still in the weeds, we haven't progressed. We want to make it mandatory. We don't believe there's any valid argument not to take it ... We're absorbing the cost within our operating budget because we feel it's important."