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Getting Back to Your Life after a Concussion

Whack! You’ve had a sudden knock to the head and suddenly you find yourself in pain and in a fog. A trip to the emergency room and a few doctor visits later and it’s confirmed: you have a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Whether you got it playing a contact sport, whiplash…
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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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Is Driving with a Concussion Safe?

If you’ve ever had a concussion, you know recovery takes a while. It can be hard to think clearly or perform some routine functions for some time. So what about driving? New research is showing that in many cases, driving after a concussion is a dangerous idea. Researchers at the University of Georgia have found…
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Benefits of Massage Following an Injury

Pain is all too common with serious injuries. Whether chronic or short-term, managing pain can be difficult and stressful. That’s why many accident victims turn to a registered massage therapist (RMT) for relief and treatment following a car crash, bike accident, or other severe injury. So what are the benefits of massage therapy following an…
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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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