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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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Body Check Ban Saves Young Hockey Players

They shoot. They score! There’s good news for hockey families across the country. Hockey Canada’s decision to ban body checking at the Peewee level (players ages 11 and 12) is working. Researchers at the University of Calgary have found that since the ban took effect in 2013, the number of on-ice injuries, especially concussions, has…
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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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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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Time For a Hockey Helmet Makeover?

Football has adopted a new standardized system for rating a helmet’s effectiveness in protecting against concussions. It has been credited with helping parents and players make better decisions about what helmets are best at reducing concussion risks. The new standard is a five-point rating scale called the STAR system. It was developed by scientists and…
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Blood Tests the Future of Concussion Diagnosis

A simple blood test may be all it takes to diagnose a concussion, according to new research out of Sweden. The study identified total tau protein (T-tau) as the unique biomarker able to confirm concussion diagnosis and predict the severity and duration of symptoms. T-tau is typically found only in cerebral spinal fluid. But a…
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8 Reasons Why Kids Should Play Contact Sports

Should you enroll your kids in contact sports? It’s a question more and more parents are struggling to answer. Not surprising, given the vast body of research highlighting the dangers of concussions and head injuries in youth sports. While our national hockey teams have proven their dominance at the international level, recent surveys have found…
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