Taekwondo Canada and Parachute Announce New Concussion Initiative

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OTTAWA, ON (February 7, 2022) – Taekwondo Canada, in conjunction with Parachute, is pleased to unveil a new concussion prevention initiative for the National Sport Organization. This initiative has been developed to ensure the safety and education for all involved with Taekwondo Canada.

The new initiative focuses on the safety of the athletes while providing educational toolkits to taekwondo coaches, referees, athletes and parents/caregivers on the dangers of concussions and what to do to prevent, recognize and manage concussion during training and competition.

Taekwondo Canada is proud to have developed the initiative with Parachute, the industry leader in concussion education in the country. Parachute is Canada’s national charity dedicated to preventing serious and fatal injuries.

“Today’s announcement with Parachute, shows a commitment to the safety of athletes and all involved in the sport of taekwondo in Canada. We are extremely proud to be working with Parachute in providing educational resources that will ensure the education and safety of all,” says Taekwondo Canada Executive Director Dave Harris. “This initiative can now be shared with the provincial and territorial sport organizations as well as club owners in Canada, ensuring that all are provided with the resources to understand the dangers of concussions.”

“When Parachute published the first Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport and the related resources, our goal was to support sport organizations such as Taekwondo Canada to use the best evidence available to inform their concussion policies and protocols,” says Pamela Fuselli Parachute’s President & CEO. “The use of best practices increases the safety of athletes and integrates concussion prevention and management into the day-to-day activities of coaches and athletes.”

Taekwondo Canada’s Medical Officer Dr. Terry DeFreitas comments on the new partnership with Parachute saying, “Parachute is a comprehensive and evidence based resource agency. The concussion advisory committee of Parachute includes world renowned experts on concussion research. These peer reviewed resources developed in Canada are the most up to date guidelines. I am proud of this partnership with Taekwondo Canada and would like to thank Parachute for helping us keep our participants safe”

To access the new concussion resources and for more information, please visit taekwondo-canada.com/safesport/concussion.


Taekwondo Canada is the official governing body of taekwondo in Canada, governing the sport in all Provinces and Territories. Taekwondo Canada is recognized by World Taekwondo, the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, World Taekwondo Pan America and Sport Canada.


Parachute is Canada’s national charity dedicated to reducing the devastating impact of preventable injuries. Injury is the No. 1 killer of Canadians aged 1 to 44 and costs the Canadian economy $29.4 billion annually. Through education and advocacy, Parachute is working to save lives and create a Canada free of serious injuries. For more information, visit us at parachute.ca and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.



Dave Harris
Executive Director, Taekwondo Canada
T: (519) 859-7410
E: dharris@taekwondo-canada.com

Kelley Teahen
Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Parachute
T: (416) 886-0960
E: media@parachute.ca


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