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Ontario Introduces “Rowan’s Law”

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…
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Toolkit ‘Empowers’ Concussion Recovery

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…
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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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App Diagnoses Concussions

Did you know up to 3.8-million cases of sports-related head trauma will occur this year in North America alone? Public anxiety is at an all-time high after an autopsy revealed that former NFL player Tyler Sash suffered from an extreme case of CTE. Tyler had displayed irrational behaviour before he died from an accidental overdose…
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A Seatbelt for Your Brain

A local Vancouver company has begun selling a helmet sticker, BrainShield, designed to prevent concussions. According to The Vancouver Sun, BrainShield is compatible with all helmets, and it has the potential to reduce head injuries for sports teams, cyclists and motorcycle riders. "It can significantly reduce the sharp twisting and compression of the brain," said…
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Do Helmets Prevent Concussions?

According to CBC, Reebok-CCM has been told by the Competition Bureau that it cannot claim its hockey helmets prevent concussions. A Virginia Tech study found helmets don't prevent concussions, though they will protect against skull fractures. Researchers assessed the effectiveness of helmets based on the rotational and linear acceleration that occurs in a concussion or…
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What Happens to Your Brain During a Concussion?

According to the Sports Concussion Institute, a concussion occurs when the brain moves rapidly inside the skull. The brain is a three-pound organ that floats in cerebral spinal fluid inside the skull. The spinal fluid acts as a shock absorber for minor impacts but it doesn’t provide total protection against concussion. Concussions are a common…
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World Rugby Concussion Campaign

World Rugby is helping raise concussion awareness among Rugby players, coaches and officials at all levels of the game – from the professional level down to school children. The World Rugby Concussion Management website offers a wide range of head injury and concussion educational resources including interactive modules. Viewers can also test their concussion knowledge…
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Concussions Affect Teen Performance

A new study proves teenagers recovering from concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries may have difficulty with schoolwork until the brain fully recovers. Concussion can cause a wide range of difficulties in thinking and reasoning, including problems with memory, difficulties with language, and emotional imbalances. 239 students were medically evaluated one month after experiencing a…
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