Canada Concussions

5 Reasons Athletes Should Pay Much More Attention To Injuries

Ian Warner | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Living
Ian Warner

Being a champion and enjoying many of the benefits of success as an athlete can be great. What they don't tell you is that the same body you put through so much now will be the same one you have to stick with as you grow old.

Percocet Ruins Lives, But It Saved Mine

Lauren Ross | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Ross

Doctors are now under firm guidelines for prescribing opioids and other addictive substances, a regulation meant to limit the number of patients prescribed them and, correspondingly, lower rates of addiction and abuse. But in the attempt to reduce and eventually eliminate one problem, it's creating an entirely different one.

Most Media Reports On Concussions Tell Only Half The Story

Dr. Aubry Tager | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Parents
Dr. Aubry Tager

A study published this week in the Journal of Neuropsychology reports that concussions in pre-schoolers can be blamed for strained relationships with their parents and can impact their overall social skills.

Let's Turn Concussion Awareness Into Everyday Action

Dr. Aubry Tager | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Aubry Tager

We need to turn our fascination with the impact of concussion on elite athletes towards a mindful examination of the relevance of concussion in our everyday lives. While we are limited in stopping the progression of most brain-related diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia, there are things that we can control.

Back to School: Preventing Concussions on the Playing Field

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

As kids head back to school, hoping to make this year's sports teams, University of Toronto public health professor and family doctor Ross Upshur is calling for stronger action to prevent sports-related concussion in children and youth.

Why the NFL Is Desperately Seeking a Saviour

Andy Juniper | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada
Andy Juniper

Last season, of course, a bullying scandal came to light in pro football wherein Richie Incognito, a truly offensive offensive lineman, was (in the words of The New York Times) "found to have engaged in serial harassment" and "a pattern of bullying" against Miami Dolphin teammate Jonathan Martin, who eventually left Miami under "psychological duress."

Does Your Kid Have a Concussion? Tips for Parents

Emma Waverman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Emma Waverman

A concussion is an invisible injury that can not be seen by MRI, CAT scan or X-rays. A concussion can affect the way a person thinks, feels and remembers things. My son had a "mild" concussion. He didn't display many of the symptoms other than a slight sensitivity to sound for a day. Overall, the discussion of concussions is a good thing for everybody.

SavvyMom Roundup: Some Things I've Had Enough of

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

This week I'll tell you five things I've had enough of lately, like school shootings, Miley Cyrus, Martha Stewart, hockey fights and bad skin.

SavvyMom Roundup: Concussions, Thanksgiving and Sinead vs. Miley

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Concussions, Thanksgiving, a runaway kid, Sinead and Miley and BlissDom all caught my attention this week. 1. I'll tell you what has caught most of...

The Politics of Brain Injury and Concussions

Shireen Jeejeebhoy | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada
Shireen Jeejeebhoy

This post originally appeared on Shireen Jeejeebhoy's political blog at talk talk talk. Summer is too nice to talk about the politics of the TTC or Pr...

Are Concussions The Biggest Issue In Sport?

CP | Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Ken Dryden believes shining an intense spotlight on concussions is the way to spur meaningful prevention and treatment.The Hockey Hall of Fa...

Forget What You Know About Concussions

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - An international panel of experts has issued an updated consensus statement on evaluating and treating sports-related concussions, which inc...

How My Brain Injury Taught Me to Relax

Alana Hurov | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada Living
Alana Hurov

I used to thrive on stress and deadlines. Everything changed a few years ago, when I suffered a concussion. I was forced to "live in the moment" and slow down. As a yogi for many years, I never truly understood the meaning of "letting go" and "being present" until my brain injury. I didn't have the choice, rushing through my life was no longer an option.

SavvyMom Roundup: Videos That Caught My Eye

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Videos caught my attention last week. I always watch them, but this week I came across a collection I wanted to share with you. They are entertaining, inspiring and clever. Wouldn't it be nice if someone described you like that?

Ouch: Concussions Among Varsity Hockey Players More Common Than Reported

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - The occurrence of brain-rattling concussions among both elite male and female hockey players appears to be much higher than reported, sugges...

SavvyMom Roundup: Scary Reminders, Organic Debates and Sound Technology

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

My youngest has a concussion and has been in lockdown at home for the past few days. My friend Sarah's boy had a much more serious accident, however. I mention this today because of all the things that crossed my desk this week, the impact this accident had on all of us at Savvy HQ made everything else seem trivial -- or marginal at best.

Suicide in the NFL: a Deadly Trend that Can't Be Ignored

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Living
Romeo Vitelli

When Junior Seau's girlfriend found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Oceanside, California, speculation arose over the similarity between his death and the suicides of other NFL stars. Though a recent autopsy report ruled out brain damage and drugs and alcohol in Seau's death, this is just part of a disturbing trend in recent years with former NFL players committing suicide in similar ways, showing that far more needs to be done.

New App Helps Parents, Coaches Determine Concussion Injuries

CBC | Posted 10.21.2012 | Canada Living

Coaches and parents can use their smartphones or tablets to determine if their young athlete has a concussion, thanks to a mobile app that was created...

Alexandre Despatie Recovers From Head Injury With Return To Play Plan

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living

After weeks of deliberation following a concussion, athlete Alexandre Despatie has been deemed fit to dive for the Canadian team in this summer's Olym...

Schools Should Monitor Athletes With Concussions

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.29.2012 | Canada Living

MONTREAL - Sports programs in secondary schools, colleges and universities should adopt strict protocols for monitoring student athletes who suffer co...

Concussions: A Serious Injury

Silken Laumann | Posted 03.03.2012 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

On Sunday I was skiing down Mt. Washington in British Columbia alone on a glorious sunny day when I caught an edge and veered out of control off the g...

Healing Sidney Crosby: Can His Treatment Work For Others?

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Living

When Pittsburgh Penguin captain Sidney Crosby returned to the ice this week and scored a goal within minutes, hockey lovers everywhere breathed a sigh...

Sidney Crosby and Me: A Concussionary Tale

Kristina Groves | Posted 01.22.2012 | Canada Living
Kristina Groves

I don't claim for one minute to understand the weight of expectation that now sits heavily on Sidney Crosby's shoulders. I can however empathize with everyone else who has ever been through a concussion that the lingering risk is not something easily forgotten.

Don Cherry and Hockey Fights Are Just Part of the Game

Peter Worthington | Posted 12.13.2011 | Canada
Peter Worthington

It's pretty hard to justify head shots, or anything that might damage the brain. But don't confuse concussions, head shots, or cheap shots with fighting. It could be argued that few things are less dangerous than a hockey fight. The crowd loves it, and little harm is done.

Crosby Cleared For Contact At Practice

CP | Alan Robinson, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.13.2011 | Canada

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Sidney Crosby is one final step away from returning to the NHL.The Pittsburgh Penguins captain shed the white no-contact helmet he h...