Tips, Talk and Insight from the Slater Vecchio Team

Police Nab Distracted Drivers

distracted driving bcDrunk or distracted driver: who would you choose to drive you home? Choosing the drunk driver increases your chances of making it home alive.

Drunk drivers react 12% slower on the road while distracted drivers react 35% slower according to Tech Times.

Distracted Driver Facts

  • Drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash or near car crash than their non-distracted counterparts.
  • Distracted driving is the second-leading cause of car crash fatalities in BC.


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NFL Player Retires at 24 Due to Concussion Fears

chris borland retiresSan Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland is retiring early due to concussion concerns.

It’s not worth the risk Borland tells ESPN. According to the National Post, Borland said, “I don’t think it’s worth the risk. I’m concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it’s too late. There are a lot of unknowns. I can’t claim that X will happen. I just want to live a long healthy life, and I don’t want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise.”

Goodbye NFL stardom, hello… golf? READ FULL ARTICLE +

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North Shore Cyclists Rejoice over $7M Stanley Park Causeway Upgrade!

happy_cyclist-464x464According to Vancouver 24 hrs, the Stanley Park Causeway will be moving ahead with a $7M upgrade to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety as part of the BC on the Move, 10-year transportation plan. Our previous article, Stanley Park Causeway Proposal Revealed, hinted at the proposed changes back in December of 2014.

If you’re a cyclist who commutes from the North Shore to Vancouver, you’re well aware of the dangers involved when cycling through the 2.2 km Stanley Park Causeway. From dangerous weather and pedestrians to speeding drivers and narrow sidewalks, cyclists have to be extra cautious while navigating through the park. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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TBI National Awareness Month

TB_Awareness-464x464There are many misconceptions about concussions and brain injuries which leave many survivors feeling isolated. March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Huffington Post is sharing a series of stories of those who have suffered a TBI.

Jennie Shulkin writes “What You Don’t Know About Concussions”:

  1. A minor impact cannot cause a concussion: There is no relationship between the severity of the collision and the magnitude of the resulting concussion.
  2. A concussion can only occur in conjunction with loss of consciousness: Most concussion sufferers never lose consciousness and are therefore not given immediate medical attention.
  3. Symptoms cease after a short period of rest: Some symptoms may resolve in a few weeks but some may last months or even years.


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Quick Concussion Test

quick concussion testParents can indicate if their child has a concussion with a quick eye test that only requires a stopwatch and a few printed-out pieces of paper. According to researchers at the NYU Langone Medical Centre, the King-Devick test, originally developed to detect dyslexia, has proven its success in identifying concussions on the sidelines.

The child must read a series of numbers from left to right off of three different pieces of paper as fast as they can while being timed. The times are then tallied together and compared to the time it took the child to complete the test earlier in the season. Visual testing is rarely performed on the sidelines despite evidence that vision is commonly affected by concussion.  Previous research found that 50 percent of the brain’s pathways are tied to vision. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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FitBit for the Courtroom

FitBit in the CourtroomWearable devices such as smartwatches allow us to keep track of details ranging from appointments and meetings to physical activity and sleep patterns, and the law is taking notice.  According to Canadian Lawyer Magazine, lawyers are now taking data collected by wearable devices such as Fitbit to the courtroom.

Fitbit is a device designed to track the eating habits, sleep patterns, and physical activity when worn. Simon Muller of McLeod Law LLP in Calgary used the device to show how inactive his client had become after sustaining her injury.  Using Vivametrica, a company that analyzes health data, Muller was able to pull data to get a picture of his client’s health trends. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Concussions in Women’s Sports

Girls Bump Heads Playing SoccerThe media often highlights concussion issues in men’s sports, but what about women’s? According to the Globe and Mail, more girls suffer from head injuries in no-bodychecking female hockey than full-contact male football.  A recent study of high school and collegiate athletes found that women suffer from concussions at a much higher rate than boys and men in similar sports.

Dr.Goulet, a pediatrician in charge of the concussion clinic at the Children’s Hospital in Eastern Ontario, believes that this difference is cause bythe difference in head and neck size between males and females, and because women are more likely to report their symptoms. Hormone levels could also contribute to women having more severe and long-lasting symptoms. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Dining and Driving – A Fatal Distraction

Eating and DrivingAre you a drive-thru enthusiast? It’s time to put your meal down when you’re behind the wheel. According to a University of Leeds study, eating slows your reaction time more than using a phone when driving.  Drivers were found to be 18 percent more likely to experience poorer control and were slower to react by 44 percent.

A study showed that 80 percent of all car accidents and 65 percent of near misses are caused by distracted drivers more focused on eating. In the study, burgers and coffee were the most distracting foods to eat and drink while behind the wheel. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Heads Up to Keep Kids Safe

football_practiceEducating everyone on the field about brain injuries, including coaches and parents, is crucial in keeping young players safe. According to CTV, a new study found that young football players who are guided by coaches formally trained in teaching proper tackling fundamentals are less likely to sustain head injuries.

Researchers at the Indianapolis-based Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention monitored the injuries of 4,000 youth football players in 100 teams between 2012 and 2013. Seventy-two of the players also had their helmets fitted with devices to measure the impact of hits. The data showed players with coaches trained in USA Football’s “Heads-Up Football” program were better protected than those who did not. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

Source: Ann McKee, Boston University Research

Source: Ann McKee, Boston University Research

Ann McKee is the woman at the forefront of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research.  She is a professor of neurology and pathology at the Boston University School of Medicine and director of Boston University’s CTE Center.

CTE is a degenerative brain disease found in athletes who have endured repetitive head trauma. Because of the NFL concussion lawsuit, CTE is most often associated with football players, but the disease also affects soccer, hockey, rugby and baseball players.

McKee’s research on CTE is funded by several organizations including the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the National Football League. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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