Tips, Talk and Insight from the Slater Vecchio Team

A “Brain Breathalyzer” for the Sidelines

Brain X-ray ConcussionBritish researchers are developing a “brain breathalyzer” device used to detect concussions on the sidelines, according to the BBC.

Breathalyzers are currently used to detect blood alcohol content. But neurosurgeon Tony Belli and Dr. Michael Grey from the University of Birmingham say you can reengineer a breathalyzer to detect other things. It simply needs to be refined to detect very small amounts of certain “biochemical compounds.” READ FULL ARTICLE +

Category: Brain Injury, Child Safety, Sports Injury Tagged , , , , , , ,

Back-to-School Road Safety

School ZoneWith more than half a million students back in school across the province, there’s no better time to think about road safety.

According to ICBC, 30 children aged five to eighteen are killed and 5,100 injured in 14,700 crashes every year in BC.

“Everyone should plan ahead for the return of the school season because the roads will be much busier,” said Transportation Minister Todd Stone. “…Remember to leave earlier to avoid rushing, stay focused on the road and use extra caution, especially around school zones.”

Education Minister Peter Fassbender has challenged road users to turn school zones into accident-free zones. “Everyone, including students and drivers, needs to be vigilant when they are near schools,” said Fassbender.


Category: Child Safety, Motorists, Pedestrians Tagged , , ,

TIME Highlights the Tragic Risks of Football

TIMES Magazine CoverThe latest cover of TIME features a young football player with the words “He died playing this game. Is football worth it?”

The boy on the cover is Chad Stover; he passed away after suffering from a traumatic brain injury. He was an active sixteen year-old from Tipton, Missouri who played football for the Tipton Cardinals as a defensive back.

The Cardinals were trailing 27-18 during a game on Halloween in 2013. Chad dove to tackle with his arms outstretched when he brushed the opposing player and his helmet hit the ground. READ FULL ARTICLE +

Category: Brain Injury, Child Safety, Sports Injury Tagged , , , , ,

NFL Brain Damage

Football Brain DamageAfter years of denying that football players have suffered brain injury as a direct result of concussions, the NFL has admitted to a frightening statistic.

An estimated 28% of NFL players are expected to develop long-term cognitive problems from the brain trauma sustained during their careers.

According to the New York Times, a report by the NFL’s lawyers stated that three in ten players will end up with brain problems such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s. The NFL report said the chances of players developing these problems “are materially higher than those expected in the general population” and would come at “notably younger ages.” READ FULL ARTICLE +

Category: Brain Injury, Sports Injury Tagged , , , , , , ,

Owners Liable if Dog Escapes

Jumping DobermanRocky is an 89 pound Doberman. One day, he escapes his owners’ enclosed yard and bolts towards a 61 year-old cyclist, knocking him from his bike. The cyclist suffers injuries including broken ribs and a fractured clavicle. Due to his injuries, the cyclist is unable to work for several months.

Prior to the incident, Rocky had never bitten a human and even played with the owner’s young children. However, Rocky had run towards passing cyclists in the past showing signs of aggression within the constraints of the owners’ electric fence.

The system was never tested and failed the day Rocky escaped.


Category: Cyclists, Home Safety, Pedestrians Tagged , , , ,

Provincial Campaign Targets Distracted Drivers

Texting KillsThe province, ICBC and local police have launched a safety campaign educating the public of the dangers of using their electronic devices while driving.

A recent Ipsos Reid survey shows that BC drivers consider texting while driving more risky than drinking and driving.

Category: Cyclists, Motorcyclists, Motorists Tagged , ,

Keep Kids Safe: Change the Rules

Child Playing SoccerKids are suiting up for their favourite Fall sports but when it comes to safety, are helmets and pads enough to keep our young athletes safe?

Canadian doctors Ross Upshur and Paul Echlin don’t think so.

The concussion problem is being called a “silent epidemic.”And doctors Upshur and Echlin believe a fundamental shift must be made in youth sports to protect the brains of young competitors. READ FULL ARTICLE +

Category: Brain Injury, Child Safety, Sports Injury Tagged , , ,

Q&A with Powell River Brain Injury Society Executive Director Deborah Dee: The Garden Project

Slater Vecchio is a proud suppPRBIS Gardenorter of the Powell River Brain Injury Society and we have been excited to watch the development of their garden project this past year.

I had the opportunity to ask Deborah Dee, Executive Director of the Powell River Brain Injury Society, a series of questions on the development of the garden project and the future of the program READ FULL ARTICLE +

Category: Brain Injury Tagged , , ,

Eyes Up, Phones Down!

Distracted WalkingWalking has become riskier in the last several years.  The primary cause?  Smartphones.

With smartphones having similar abilities to computers, many feel the need to use them more often. There is even now a name for the fear of being without a cell phone: nomophobia.

Jack Nasar, a professor of city and regional planning at Ohio State University, ran an experiment asking people with and without cellphones to walk around a tricky course. READ FULL ARTICLE +

Category: Health & Wellbeing, Motorists, Pedestrians, Slips & Falls Tagged , ,

Concussion Management Tool gets Blindsided

Concussion Management Tool gets BlindsidedA helmet sensor developed to alert parents and coaches to potential brain injury has hit an unexpected roadblock.

According to the Globe and Mail, Shockbox has been shunned by helmet manufacturers. Rather than supporting the concussion monitoring tool, helmet makers are warning consumers that the one ounce sensor may void the helmet’s warranty. READ FULL ARTICLE +

Category: Brain Injury, Child Safety, Sports Injury Tagged , , , , ,