Traumatic Brain Injury

Back to School: Preventing Concussions on the Playing Field

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.05.2014 | 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.

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...

Will Banning Bodychecks in Minor Hockey Make a Difference?

Shireen Jeejeebhoy | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada
Shireen Jeejeebhoy

Hockey Canada has banned bodychecking at the peewee level, and Don Cherry is outraged. Cherry concedes that Hockey Canada has good intentions, but as he notes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The intention here is to save children from brain injury, that is, concussions. Hockey Canada has taken a small step toward protecting players from being injured in the first place. But they have to do much more if they sincerely want to protect players from concussions. Despite what one assumes, helmets do not protect anyone from concussion.

Why Are so Many Veterans in Prison?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada Living
Romeo Vitelli

Increasing numbers of military veterans are entering the U.S. prison system. Why? A recent study highlights the important role that anger can play in how well veterans reintegrate into society after traumatic tours of duty -- and how likely they are to run into problems in prison, if that's where they end up.

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...

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.