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Child Safety Tips For Summer Activities

As another school year winds down, the summer months could mean hours of outdoor play for your child. It’s important to remember that when a child is having fun, he or she may not remember to put safety first.

As parents and guardians, it’s important to identify the safety risks involved in any summer sports and activities children engage in. According to Health Canada, a child’s skull can fracture on an impact going as little as 7 kilometers/hour.

New Road Safety Checks In Place For Construction Trucks

Cargo trucks and other vehicles used to transport construction materials are generally larger vehicles and carry heavier loads. A collision involving a construction vehicle could have catastrophic consequences for others on the road.

In an effort to make roads safer and reduce collisions with trucks, Ontario has launched new inspection criteria for construction vehicles.

Brain injuries cause death of Grade 12 rugby player

A coach development manager with Rugby Canada says no sport is risk-free, but the priority of coaches, parents, schools, match officials and other involved parties must be the safety of the players. Data collected by the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program indicates that 449 rugby players between ages 15 and 19 suffered brain injuries in Ontario and other regions in the two years from 2012 through 2014. Discussions about concussions and brain injuries followed the recent death of a Grade 12 rugby player in another province.

Reportedly, the young rugby player suffered a head injury in a game during a high school tournament. Although it seemed insignificant at the time, the player collapsed later. He was rushed to a hospital where he died after a surgical procedure. The Rugby Canada manager says concussion management should be ongoing and not a one-off program. Although this governing body mandates annual concussion management programs for all coaches and referees at club level, it has no authority over schools.

Bike rodeos and fast food vouchers used to combat brain injuries

In collaboration with other entities, Brain Trust Canada runs various programs in Ontario and other provinces to create safety awareness for parents and children about the protection offered by bike helmets. The number of brain injuries suffered by children who get into bicycle accidents without head protection is alarming. A spokesperson for the Trust says bicyclists wearing proper bike helmets can avoid approximately 85 per cent of brain injuries.

The group uses different methods to achieve its goals, one of which is rewarding children for good behaviour. Police bylaw officers hand out coupons for deals at Dominos Pizza and McDonald's to children who wear helmets while they ride their bikes. Participants in the initiative also finance approximately 250 bike helmets every year. These are then distributed to children of families who might not have the means to buy helmets.

Why are so many young children victims of brain injuries?

When small children suffer head trauma, it is often difficult to judge the severity, and in many cases, a parent might not even realize that a child suffered such an injury. If there is no evidence of a bump, bruise or laceration, brain injuries may go unnoticed. Fortunately, Ontario parents can prevent most head injuries by using proper car seats, seat belts and cycling helmets while many steps can be taken to make the home child-safe.

There are several reasons for young children being more vulnerable to head injuries than adults. They are unable to control their head movements adequately. This is due to the size of their heads in relation to their bodies and the fact that their neck muscles are still developing. A small child's centre of gravity is closer to the head because the legs are usually short in proportion to the torso. Falls are frequent at the time when they are learning to walk, jump and run, and they do not yet have the skills to fall in ways that will limit injuries.

More than half of all brain injuries go unreported

Brain Injury Canada says about one million Canadians live with some type of brain injury. The negligence of others caused many of those brain injuries. Car accidents, sports injuries, violence and trip or slip-and-fall accidents are often alleged to have been caused by others when personal injury lawsuits are filed in the civil courts of Ontario.

Many people do not realize that a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, and although the symptoms may disappear within days, repeated concussions, such as those suffered on the sports field, cause cumulative brain damage, which can ultimately have devastating consequences. Authorities say more than half the brain injuries go unreported. Also, only about 10 per cent of brain injuries cause loss of consciousness.

Tips To Avoid Reaching For Your Phone While Driving

With the snow officially gone and warmer weather ahead, it’s important to remember that the weather is not the only reason accidents happen on the road. Distracted driving is quickly becoming a major cause of motor vehicle collisions.

One of the reasons for this is increased used of cellular phones while behind the wheel. In an effort to reduce these types of distractions, the Government of Ontario has released some tips on how drivers can avoid looking at their phones while on the road.

Brain injuries victim dies after being unresponsive for 30 years

Although there have been significant advances in various medical fields, the brain remains a dark area. Dr. Adrian Owen, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University, Ontario says the manners in which different types of brain injuries affect the victims need continued research. These mysteries were underscored again with the recent death of a police officer who was unresponsive for 30 years.

The deceased man was a police officer in another province who suffered traumatic brain injuries in an on-duty car accident in 1987. Although he was in a coma for some months after the crash, he came out of the coma and went through cycles of sleeping and being awake with open eyes and breathing on his own. His wife says she was with him every day during the past 30 years and maintains she could see flickering in his eyes and even the occasional raised eyebrow when she talked about their son who was a teenager at the time of the accident.

Ex-football players fight for compensation for brain injuries

More and more athletes in Ontario and other provinces and territories want action to be taken by sports authorities to prevent head injuries. Many ex-participants in contact sports suffer the long-term consequences of multiple brain injuries caused by concussions. Arland Bruce is one victim who is now fighting for compensation of concussion-related damages.

However, his quest is proving to be exceptionally challenging. In 2014, Bruce filed a suit against the nine franchises of the Canadian Football league in another province. The 40-year-old ex-CFL player asserts that his brain injuries have prevented him from earning a gainful income, and seeks recovery of past and future income along with medical expenses and rehabilitation costs -- also past and future. In that case, the respondents argued that his claim had to be resolved through arbitration rather than in court, and both the provincial Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals agreed.

Brain Injuries: Collaborative research may improve outcomes

The Alzheimer Society says over 564,000 people in Ontario and other provinces and territories in Canada have dementia. Reportedly, Alzheimer's is one of over 1,000 diseases, injuries and disorders that affect the brain. Canadians are said to be leaders among the world's top researchers. They are seeking more information to help them to understand all the intricate workings of the brain as well as the potential disorders and brain injuries that affect it.

Their work includes the quest to develop practical but innovative tools to bring about early diagnosis of injuries or disorders along with better treatments and, ultimately, cures. Brain research has moved on from being focused on neuroscience. Chemistry, computer science, physics, engineering and ethics now all form part of the research. To include all these fields, collaboration across all the areas is crucial, and researchers broaden their horizons by exchanging techniques, hypotheses and methods.

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