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Helping Kids Recover from Sports Concussions

You’re in the stands cheering on your kid as he or she is playing their favourite sport, when suddenly, they take a hard hit to the head. You panic, rush to the sidelines, and make sure they are alright. Checking for signs of a possible concussion, you and the coach agree to remove your child…
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3 Recent Concussion Breakthroughs

Concussions are mysterious to many of us but medical science is getting better at understanding how to test, treat, and aid recovery from them. Here are three recent breakthroughs you should know about – two of them from right here in Canada. New blood test for concussions A Canadian team of researchers have made a…
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One Concussion Is Too Many

All it takes is one blow to the head and your life can be changed forever. Concussions are becoming all too common, especially among young people. And new research is showing that the consequences of just one concussion can have long-term effects on your mental, intellectual, and physical abilities. Scientists from universities in the US,…
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Canada’s New Concussion Strategy

While concussions to Eric Lindros and Sidney Crosby make the headlines, they represent only the tip of the concussion iceberg. Each year 160,000 Canadians suffer some kind of brain injury and over a million live with the effects each day. And now, the federal government is taking action. The Canadian government recently announced a $1.4…
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Kids, Sports, and Concussions

A new sport season is about to kick off and that means all sorts of active fun. But are your kids playing it safe? If they do get hurt, do you know how to identify a concussion? And do you know what to do? These are questions every parent should be asking themselves whenever their…
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UBC Football Rethinks Concussions

A repeat Vanier Cup win is definitely in their sights, but the UBC Thunderbirds have another ambitious goal for the upcoming football season – reduce the number of team concussions. It’s no secret that football is a high-impact sport and concussions are all too common. Too many players at all levels of the sport have…
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Youth Sport Concussions Up

Sport does a lot for our kids. It keeps them active and teaches them teamwork and fair play. Unfortunately, it’s also sending more of them to the emergency room with sport-related concussions. Back in June, Ontario introduced Rowan’s Law to protect kids. The timing couldn’t better. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) just released…
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New Look Inside the Concussed Brain

Concussions are an all too common injury. Well known people ranging from Eric Lindros to Hillary Clinton have suffered them – so have hundreds of thousands of Canadians. Still, little is known about the long-term health effects of a concussion. A team of researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin wanted to learn more about…
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Ontario Introduces “Rowan’s Law”

Rowan Stringer was a 17-year-old Ottawa girl described as bright, energetic, and curious. She was equally passionate about rugby. But something happened to Rowan on the playing field that should never happen to any kid. In 2013, she sustained a series of concussions and died as a result of her brain injuries. It’s a devastating…
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Championing Brain Injury Awareness

Five years ago, a young hockey player at the top of his game sustained a couple of heavy blows to his head. The resulting concussion was devastating – sidelining his career and putting his health in serious jeopardy. With June being Brain Injury Awareness Month across Canada, we immediately think of this man’s accomplishments and…
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