Getting your skates sharpened Saturday will help with research on concussions.
Vernon’s Sun Valley Source For Sports is partnering with fellow stores across Canada to donate proceeds from all skates sharpened this Saturday to stopconcussions.com, a concussion/neurotrauma and awareness group that deals with the growing trend of concussions in all sports.
Led by former NHL star Keith Primeau, the goal of stopconcussions.com is to educate players, coaches, trainers and parents involved in any sport, about concussion prevention, identification and proper treatment.
Primeau suffers from post-concussion syndrome, and has been a vocal proponent of bringing the seriousness of concussions to the forefront.
More than 5,000 pairs of skates are expected to be sharpened on Saturday across Canada at Source For Sports locations.
As an added benefit, Sun Valley Source For Sports wants hockey parents to bring their sons and daughters into the store, along with their current helmets, for a free fit test.
“We will be happy to check the fit and condition of their existing helmet at no charge,” said Mike Melbourne of Vernon’s Sun Valley Source For Sports.
“There are many kids playing hockey with poorly fitting helmets and cages, and we want to be sure that young players are as safe as possible on the ice. Remember, the right helmet is the one that fits the best.”
The staff will also be handing out stopconcussions.com brochures to educate the public about concussion awareness and prevention.
Sun Valley Source For Sports is located at 5601-27th Street, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.