Parent/guardian behaviours for a safer game

Malcolm Sutherland

Malcolm Sutherland is a coach, physical educator, sport pedagogist, and SME in sports development, sports safety and injury prevention. As an athlete and player safety expert Malcolm has developed prevention tools and a program to control serious injury in sport.

He is a Chartered Professional Coach holding designation with Coaches of Canada. In hockey specifically, Malcolm is now active as a sought after development coach working internationally and nationally. Malcolm has coached at every level from professional minor leagues, varsity as well as junior and AAA levels of minor hockey.

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This article is intended to guide parents & guardians in their influence towards a better and safer game.
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The last article in this series featured my advice and recommendation for the prevention of serious injury in our game. It was targeted at players’ actions to make the game safer. Tragically, as I was writing and preparing this article for parents and guardians, I became aware of a Junior Varsity incident in Connecticut where a player, Teddy Balkind, died after a tragic on-ice incident, a laceration, on January 6th, 2022. Thoughts and prayers to the Balkind family, friends, teammates and the hockey community in Connecticut.

This article is intended to guide parents & guardians in their influence towards a better and safer game. The goal is to build awareness of possible actions and to engage and inspire positive contributions that can be made. This is the third entry into the safety series.

This article is intended to guide parents & guardians in their influence towards a better and safer game . . .

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