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February 15, 2012
Concussions Worse for Youth
Last week, The Vancouver Sun gave us a first-hand account of the impact that concussions have on youth. The story is about an 11-year-old hockey player named Jason who has suffered two concussions this season. Most recently, Jason took a shoulder to the head from a bigger opponent, sending him crashing into the boards and…
February 9, 2012
Cell Phones: a Fatal Distraction
Distracted driving is once again in the news, making front page of The Province newspaper on Tuesday. The good news: progress is being made in the fight against distracted driving. The bad news: distracted driving is still the number one contributor to fatal car crashes in the Lower Mainland. Last year, 27 people were killed…
February 6, 2012
Paediatricians on concussions: if in doubt – sit out
In a recent press release, the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) draws attention to the seriousness of concussions in youth sports. An official statement made by Dr. Laura Purcell explains that the brains of children and adolescents are more vulnerable to head injury and recovery times are longer. Concussions need to be recognized and managed appropriately…
February 1, 2012
City Liable for Rollerbladers’ Injuries
This case comes from our neighbours in Alberta. Two rollerbladers are injured in separate accidents on city land. The land was designed by the City of Calgary, and is available to the public for recreational use. In one accident, rollerblader Christensen crashes when unable to make a turn at the bottom of a hill. In…
January 30, 2012
Skiing & Snowboarding Injuries Top the Charts for Winter Sports
CTV reports that skiing and snowboarding tops the list of winter sports causing injury. Every winter, more than 5,600 Canadians get seriously injured while on the slopes significant, considering only 1,100 serious hockey injuries were reported in 2010-2011. Head injuries receive the most attention. Last year, 415 Canadians were hospitalized for head injuries related to…
January 25, 2012
Child Car Seat Manufacturers Must Meet Stricter Safety Requirements
Car seat manufacturers must now meet stricter testing requirements aimed to increase safety for children. Some of the updates align with rules in the U.S., and some are specific to Canada. Transport Canada lists the major changes in a recent news release: a new testing requirement using a three-point seatbelt to secure car seats; changes…
January 23, 2012
Routine Play Leads to Long Term Brain Injury
It's not just the big hits in football that cause brain injury. A new concussion study finds it's also the accumulation of repetitive, routine jolts that cause long-term damage, reports the NCAA. The University of Rochester study began by using Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) to study the brains of 10 high school football players. Of…
January 13, 2012
More on Child Car Seat Safety
Child car seat safety is once again in the news. As of January 1st, the state of California requires that children use car seats until they are either 8-years-old or 4'9" tall. The previous requirement was 6 years or 60 pounds. In BC, the laws are slightly stricter. Kids over 40lbs must use a booster…
January 6, 2012
Street Sense for Our Kids
Last September, we took a moment to remind parents of the importance of teaching street sense to our kids. The post was inspired by the heartwarming story of 3-year-old Kienan Hebert who was safely returned to his family following a horrific abduction. As a new parent, I think it important to revisit the topic of…
January 5, 2012
Time to Ban Fighting in Hockey
Twenty-five years ago the NHL did not appreciate the relationship between fighting and brain injury. The NHL can't claim ignorance anymore. Medical experts say it's time to ban fighting in hockey. An editorial published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Stop the violence and play hockey, comments on the irreversible damage caused by head trauma.…