Category Archives: Sports Injury

April.11.2017
Helping Kids Recover from Sports Concussions
preventing sport concussions in kids
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…
March.17.2017
Packing for Safe Backcountry Skiing
backcountry safety
Winter in the backcountry – scenic, pristine, natural, epic, adventurous. But it can also be a dangerous place, especially when there’s a risk of an avalanche. With so much terrain to explore here in our own backyard, it is tempting to venture off the grid, but if you do, make sure you’re prepared. Earlier in…
February.28.2017
Winter Activity Safety Tips
safe winter activities
Outdoor winter activities are getting more and more popular. Certainly, the legacy of the 2010 Olympics provided our region with great facilities and a heightened love for all things winter. Whether you’re into downhill or cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating, or any other wintery activity, there’s much to do. But there’s also much to…
January.10.2017
Be Safe on the Slopes
ski safety tips
From Whistler to Silverstar and all resorts and slopes in between, BC is a skier’s and snowboarder’s paradise. Unfortunately, all that shreddin’ and swooshin’ can lead to some severe injuries. Every year, over 5000 Canadians are seriously hurt in skiing and snowboarding accidents across the country. So whether you’re riding hard through 7th Heaven or…
September.20.2016
Kids, Sports, and Concussions
sport concussion in kids
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…
September.16.2016
UBC Football Rethinks Concussions
football 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…
August.9.2016
Youth Sport Concussions Up
kid brain injuries sport
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…
July.12.2016
New Look Inside the Concussed Brain
new concussion research
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…
June.16.2016
Ontario Introduces “Rowan’s Law”
Rowan's Law Protects Young Athletes
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…
June.9.2016
Toolkit ‘Empowers’ Concussion Recovery
Concussion Toolkit
With June being Brain Injury Awareness Month across Canada, we’re taking a look at a useful new tool developed for concussion recovery. Concussions are a serious matter often with long term effects, but still quite misunderstood. Consider the story of Kathleen McGinn. Twenty years ago she suffered two concussions while playing rugby. Even today, she…