An Eric Hamber Secondary School Griffins football player suffered a concussion that left him out of the classroom for a school year. With little knowledge of concussions, his teammates were left deciding whether or not they wanted to continue playing.
A new study found that teens who have suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury(TBI) are more likely to have harmful behaviours such as smoking cigarettes and contemplating suicide.
“Many harmful behaviours in adolescence can be precursors to addiction and mental health issues later in life,” said Dr. Robert Mann, a senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
The study used data from the 2011 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health survey where researchers investigated 13 harmful health behaviours among 9,300 Grade 7 to 12 students.
Interesting results varied between different sexes with a history of TBI.
Boys were found 6% more likely to experience a concussion but girls were more likely to have increased psychological distress. READ FULL ARTICLE +
Thanksgiving weekend is known as one of the worst for road fatalities. This year, at least ten people are dead from car collisions and crashes in BC. According to ICBC, the average number for deaths is just three.
Rainy weather conditions were largely responsible for this year’s increase of fatalities.“With the summer that we had, with very little rainfall, there’s so much film and so much build-up on our streets and highways that the roads are extremely slick out there,” says Canadian Tire Manager Glen Gillis. READ FULL ARTICLE +
Immediate communication has become the norm and many feel obligated to respond to texts and e-mails while driving. Attorney General Suzanne Anton says distracted drivers aren’t taking current penalties serious enough.
“I am concerned that distracted driving is the second-largest contributing factor in motor-vehicle fatalities on BC roads,” said Anton.
Effective October 20, the number of demerit points associated with distracted driving will increase from zero to three. The existing fine of $167 will stay the same. Is this enough to deter drivers from using their devices while driving?
Victoria police Deputy Chief Del Manak says no.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the current $167 fine is not sufficient to set deterrence for many of the people who continue to text and drive or talk on their cellphone and drive,” Manak said. READ FULL ARTICLE +
Slater Vecchio and UBC Law are pleased to announce that Kalila Wilkinson is the 2014 recipient of the Slater Vecchio LLP Trial Advocacy Entrance Award. This award was presented on the recommendation of the UBC Faculty of Law.
Kalila is a BA graduate (with Distinction) from Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo with a major in Global Studies and a minor in Anthropology. Kalila has displayed a focus and interest in helping marginalized groups in the past and has worked as an Artistic Advocate Intern in Chiang, Mai, Thailand where she developed and facilitated topical art workshops for Burmese refugees, displaced hill-tribe groups, trafficked teens and children with cerebral palsy. During her undergraduate studies, Kalila founded and co-chaired the local VIU committee of World University Service of Canada (WUSC), an agency dedicated to fostering equity through education. READ FULL ARTICLE +
Vancouver Police are calling 2014 the safest year on record for pedestrians. So far, only one pedestrian has been killed compared to seven last year. Almost a decade ago 20 people were killed in vehicle collisions.
With about 12 per cent of people in Vancouver walking to work, the city aims to have zero pedestrian fatalities. READ FULL ARTICLE +
British 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 +
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.
The 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 +
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 +