Participants in various types of contact sports in Ontario are at risk of suffering head injuries. However, brain injuries can have other causes, and not all of them follow head trauma. Those that are caused by a blow to the head are called acquired brain injuries, and they can follow car accidents, falls or assaults.
A non-profit organization recently hosted a workshop in Toronto to help head-injury victims to understand why self-care is essential during the recovery time. An occupational therapist said those who suffered brain injuries typically find it extremely challenging to get their lives back into a familiar routine. She emphasized that each brain injury is unique, and recovery times vary. However, because TBI is mostly invisible to others, adults and adolescents are often expected to get back into their usual schedules and responsibilities.
Authorities have concerns about the lack of knowledge among people in Ontario regarding concussions. Surveys have indicated that many people do not know that concussions are traumatic brain injuries, nor do they know how to prevent them. Many respondents indicated that they would not recognize symptoms, and some said they do not know where to obtain information about concussions.
For some, relaxing in a pool or lake is a great way to cool off on a sunny day. But for children or inexperienced swimmers, a large body of water may pose a risk if they are not careful.
Brain injuries are common in sports related accidents. One major hockey league player has decided to speak out about the consequences of living with the injury.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.