THREE-RIVERS — the activities of The football spring have resumed this week, both in the primary schools to institutions of secondary education.
The réseau du sport étudiant de la Mauricie, the trend of recent years continues, with 22 schools participating in the football league primary. There are 12 on the territory of the Commission scolaire du Chemin-du-Roy, four in the greater region of Shawinigan, and the other six on the south shore. “It is a sport that is doing well at this level,” confirms the director-general Sean Cannon.
The league is the youngest of the RSEQ also begins its timing at the end of the week. There is a team in La Tuque, Shawinigan, and the last in Drummondville.
In Three Rivers, St. Joseph Seminary, the Academy, the Booms and the secondary school Of the Pioneers are active in view of the fall season. Games, non-competitive levels, cadet and juvenile are thus programmed in order to measure the talent and depth for the month of August. In regards to football benjamin, this is the time to recruitment. And this is not so easy.
“In the Seminar, this is the first year where we begin to feel the effects of the negative publicity in relation to concussions,” says the director of sports Charles Hébert. “In 2006, we hosted 96 players benjamins. Subsequently, it was held to 70, then 50. At this time, we have 25 to 30 players from secondary 1.”
Boom, Peter John recognizes the situation. “It is ripe to hold a speech more positive for our sport. We have excellent spokespersons in Quebec, Charles-Antoine Sinotte and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, among others. We need to stop demonizing the football. We’ve done our homework for the time, and this mobilisation had begun before the crisis, about concussions. We are still in a better position today.”
The protocol of concussion management, published by the ministry of Education and higher Education, is also easily accessible for parents or students who have questions in connection with the methods used to prevent concussions and to treat them well.
“The follow-up to the return to competition for the young athlete is important, but the follow-up of the back-to-school is just as and there above, there has been progress,” says Charles Hébert, who recalls that her school was already working with a number of specialists before the publication of the paper by MEES.
“Yes, we invited guest speakers to educate the parents. It is legitimate to ask questions, but it is also necessary to evacuate preconceived ideas. This is still trying to do today in convincing people that the football is no more dangerous than many other disciplines and that it is healthy to play.”