Mallard’s Source for Sports does its best to help education about concussions
Concussions, of any kind, especially in young athletes, greatly concern Dale Donaldson at Mallard’s Source for Sports.
Which is why the local sport store, with locations in both Nelson and Castlegar, is joining fellow stores across Canada to donate proceeds from all skate sharpening on (Saturday) October 20th to stopconcussions.com.
“Personally I cringe when I see a young person with a concussion,” Mallard’s Source for Sports owner Dale Donaldson said.
“stopconcussions.com is a way to educate the public on concussions. . . what they need to know, how to recognize someone with a concussion and an action plan of how to deal with a person with a concussion.”
stopconcussions.com is a concussion/neurotrauma and awareness group that deals with the growing trend of concussions in all sports.
It is an educational portal coaches, players, parents and officials can visit with the goal of becoming knowledgeable and safer in their respective sports.
Donaldson expects more than 5000 pairs of skates to be sharpened on October 20th across Canada.
As an added promotion, Mallard’s staff wants hockey moms and dads to bring in their children’s helmets for a fit test.
“We will be happy to check the fit and condition of their existing helmet or help choose a new helmet that’s right,” Donaldson explains.
“ Remember, the right helmet is the one that fit’s the best,” he adds.
In between skate sharpening and helmet fitting, staff will be handing out stopconcussions.com brochures to educate the public about concussion awareness and prevention.
Mallard’s Source for Sports locations is 532 Baker Street in Nelson and 660 18th Street in Castlegar from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.