A Step aHead Presents “The Next Step”

Chicago Blackhawks, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Athletico Physical Therapy & AHAI Announce a One-of-a-Kind Hockey Safety Symposium


By Elizabeth M. Pieroth, PsyD, ABPP

We all love the sport of hockey but understand that concussions and other injuries do happen in the sport. Over the past 8 years, a dedicated group of individuals from four organizations (Chicago Blackhawks, AHAI, Athletico and NorthShore University HealthSystem) have devoted themselves to educating the hockey community about concussions in hockey through our A Step aHead program.  We know that educating players, coaches, parents and officials on how to recognize and properly manage a concussion is one of the most important steps in keeping our kids safe.

While concussions are a very important topic in sports safety, there are other issues that are also relevant to the health and well-being of youth athletes. Recently we have asked you what else you wanted to know more about and we listened!

To address your concerns, the Step aHead committee is proud to announce our “The Next Step” initiative. On September 29, 2018, from 9:00am – 2:30pm, we will offer a free hockey safety symposium at the United Center atrium. We have gathered local and national experts on a wide variety of safety topics that are important for youth hockey players. Paul Goodman, the strength and conditioning coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, will be our keynote speaker and is sure to provide invaluable information to your players.

Come listen to these experts, ask questions, and meet other hockey families. This symposium is available to players and their parents, coaches, administrators, officials and anyone else involved in youth hockey. Bring a friend or a teammate!

The topics include:

  • Hockey safety and injury prevention
  • Bullying in sports
  • Strength and conditioning tips for hockey players
  • Sleep issues in athletes
  • The importance of having an emergency action plan in hockey
  • Nutrition for hockey players
  • Concussions
  • Performance enhancing drug and steroid use in youth athletes

Registration will open soon and will be limited for this free event. We will send out the official registration page, so watch your email and AHAI’s social media sites for further information.

We look forward to meeting you all at this exciting event and to continuing our discussion about safety in youth hockey!


Photo of United Center by StyleChicago.com.



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