Tag Archives: mTBI

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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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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Scientists Link Genetics to Brain Injury

Does brain injury run in the family? It’s a question we’ll likely hear more often after scientists link genes and a susceptibility to brain injury. “Until now, all the attention has been paid to how hard and how often you get hit,” said Thomas McAllister, a professor of clinical psychiatry at the Indiana University School…
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TBI Linked to Mental Health Problems in Teens

New research has found that teenagers who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) have a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide, being bullied, and seeking help for mental health issues. They are also more likely to become bullies, take medication for anxiety and/or depression, or engage in antisocial behaviour. Neuropsychologist and lead researcher Gabriela Ilie…
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Has the NHL done enough to protect the brains of former players?

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the NHL alleging that the league has not done enough to protect players from concussions. The lawsuit was filed last week in Washington and now includes over 200 former players. The issue of concealment is at the centre of the lawsuit. As one excerpt reads: "The NHL's active…
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Canada Invests $7.5M in Concussion Research

The Canadian government and a few strategic partners have committed $7.5 million to concussion research. The money will support 19 projects focused on concussion prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Health Minister Rona Ambrose acknowledges the struggle that brain injury causes many families. "Whether it's a hockey concussion, a senior's fall, or violence in the home, injuries…
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Orthopaedic Doctors to Help with Mild TBI

New research encourages orthopaedic doctors to play a proactive role in diagnosing and treating mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) patients. Why? Because orthopaedic injuries and mTBI are often suffered at the same time. Common causes include falls or motor vehicle accidents. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports than an estimated 50% of patients with…
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Concussion Guidelines Get Adults Back to Life

Doctors have a new set of guidelines to consult when treating adult patients with persistent post-concussion symptoms. Dr. Shawn Marshall, lead author, says that concussions are commonly thought of as a sports injury. But many concussions come "from mishaps of daily living, such as slipping on the ice while walking the dog, falling down the…
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