Ontario Sledge Hockey Association (OSHA) is fully committed to the health and safety of its members as we work towards returning to sport. Due to the nature of their disability, some athletes will be considered higher risk for a more severe course of COVID-19. As outlined in the COVID-19 Return to HP Sport Framework Document, athletes and support staff with medical conditions including respiratory or cardiac disease, hypertension, coagulopathies, diabetes, obesity, severe asthma, and immunosuppression due to disease, chronic condition or medication may be at increased risk of severe COVID-19 infection. Athletes that have concurrent conditions should consider consulting their primary care physician prior to returning to training environments and follow any medical guidance they have been given about ensuring their health and welfare.
It is important to remember that while mitigation measures outlined throughout this document can reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections, they cannot completely eliminate the risk. Clubs must review this document (and supporting resource tools) to determine whether they can implement a safe training environment while adhering to the OSHA Return to Sport guidelines. It is the responsibility of each club to encourage their members, particularly those with concurrent conditions, to undertake their own personal risk assessment and determine whether they are willing to return to sport as well. OSHA recognizes that many of their members and families are immune compromised and will therefore take a more cautious approach to return to play.
The following guidelines have been compiled from recommendations published by the Ontario Government, Ontario Health Authorities, and our National Sport Organization (Hockey Canada) and utilizing the guidelines and assessment tools presented by the National COVID-19 Return to High Performance Sport Task Force. These guidelines have also been created in consultation with the Provincial Sport Organization, Ontario Hockey Federation, specifically for para ice hockey. All activities delivered by OSHA affiliated clubs must adhere to OSHA Return to Sport guidelines and to all federal, provincial, and municipality laws, regulations, by-laws and orders. While the guideline outlined in this document will be reviewed and updated regularly as new information is presented, it is the club’s responsibility to remain up to date on provincial and municipal government regulations to ensure a safe environment for all and to communicate this information with its members. The information in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. OSHA makes no representation and assumes no responsibility in respect of their information concerning COVID-19 as the circumstances are constantly changing, and any information on COVID-19 should be obtained from your Public Health Authority. A list of resources to help clubs is as follows: