Tips, Talk and Insight from the Slater Vecchio Team

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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Parents Sue Youth Football League for Son’s Death

Joseph Chernach, Source: Associated PressJoseph Chernach, committed suicide in 2012 at the age of 25 as a result of depression caused by chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  He played organized tackle football in a Wisconsin-Michigan Pop Warner football league from 1997 to 2000.

Debra Pyka, Joseph’s mother, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Pop Warner, the largest youth football organization in the United States. She claims that Pop Warner was negligent in protecting her son from the dangers of head trauma.  Pyka’s lawsuit came just eight days after researchers released a study that found NFL retirees who began playing tackle football before they turned 12 were at increased risk of developing cognitive problems. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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WWE Wrestlers Claim Brain Damage

WWE Wrestling LawsuitYears of “tombstone piledrivers”, “chair shots”, and “flying head butts” have caused former wrestlers of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to follow in the footsteps of former NHL and NFL players.

According to CNN, two former pro-wrestlers, one who performed under the name Skull Von Krush, have filed a concussion lawsuit against the WWE.

“Under the guise of providing entertainment, the WWE has, for decades, subjected its wrestlers to extreme physical brutality that it knew, or should have known, caused … long-term irreversible bodily damage, including brain damage,” the lawsuit said. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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NFL Huddles with Football Moms

Football MomThe NFL Super Bowl XLIX was watched by millions of people, but will the event be around forever? With the NFL concussion lawsuit in the spotlight, football youth participation has been steadily declining. According to ESPN, Pop Warner, the United States’ largest youth football organization, saw a 9.5 percent decrease in registration in just two years.

According to the New York Times, the NFL hopes to keep kids playing football by hosting workshops for mothers to reassure them that the game is safe. Mothers are taught how to square their feet like a linebacker and how to tackle safely. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Your Emergency Car Kit

Emergency Car KitWith varying elements, winter driving can be unpredictable.  Based on an ICBC survey, seven out of 10 drivers admit to feeling less safe or more frustrated on the roads in  winter conditions. Over 24,000 crashes occur in January.

An accident can happen to anyone. According to, experts recommend keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle no matter where you’re going in case you become stranded.


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Cycling Technology to Keep You Safe

Visijax Commuter Jacket

Visijax Commuter Jacket

During this time of year, staying visible as a cyclist is crucial. These new products focus on connecting drivers and cyclists to keep everyone safe on the road.

Signaling at the tip of your fingers: Zackees has developed turn-signaling gloves to clarify cyclist intentions for drivers. Activated by touching your thumb to your index finger, the gloves display an LED arrow indicating which way you’re turning on your bike.


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Road Rage Leads to Liability

Road Rage Liability Case British Columbia Sometimes other motorists, including cyclists, can say or do things that irritate you. But is it worth stalking and intimidating someone in your vehicle to prove a point? In the case of Davies v. Elston, it wasn’t.

On a sunny October day in 2011, Jim Davies, an active 77-year old and experienced cyclist, rode along his regular route on Railway Avenue in Richmond with his son, Gary. Riding at a relaxed speed in a designated bike lane, Gary notices a truck’s mirror extending into their path. He comments on the mirror loudly enough for his partially-deaf father, and unknowingly for the owner Kevin Elston.

Elston decides to confront the cyclists and begins following them in his Ford F350 pickup. He rides closely to the bike lane and exchanges words with Gary: “Who had a problem with my mirrors?”, “Do you think you own the road?”, and “You cyclists are all the same”. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Snow Sledding Safety Tips

Sledding Safety TipsMany of us are embracing winter by partaking in a cherished Canadian pastime, sledding. While sledding can seem like harmless fun, sledding injuries have sent many to emergency rooms each year.

Research shows over 20,000 emergency room visits per year were a direct result of sledding injuries in patients 19 and younger. Some Canadian cities, such as Hamilton, Ontario, have even continued to ban sledding, placing “No Tobogganing” signs on popular hills and a $105 fine on the winter activity.

Luckily in BC, sledding is still allowed in designated areas to keep everyone active during the cooler months. Michael A. Gleiber, MD offers the following tips in The Huffington Post so that you and your family can enjoy the snow safely: READ FULL ARTICLE +

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