Tag Archive for: concussions


Concussion Curriculum Gets Thumbs Up

The Halton District School Board was recently featured in the New York Times for the great work it has done to implement a new component to its curriculum on Concussion Awareness. This new curriculum teaching about traumatic brain injuries has been rolled out to 9th graders and they are beginning to teach certain components to grades 3 and 6 as well.

This new component of their education is thought to be the first of its kind across North America and the Halton Board is hoping it will become a template that many other boards will adopt.

Check out more about this valuable new programming in the following from the New York Times.

The New York Times:  Canadian District Goes to School on Concussions


The World’s Most Popular Sport: Can “Heading” Cause Brain Damage?

Once every four years millions of people across the globe engage in World Cup enthusiasm. While known as the most popular game for years on other continents, the popularity of soccer in North America has grown significantly over the past decade. Soccer is a fantastic sport that teaches coordination and team work, provides an excellent source of exercise, and is an affordable and fun activity for people of all ages and abilities.

Recently there has been a growing concern of the effects that “heading” the ball may have on the brain. Due to repeat “knocks” to the head, many are concerned that heading the ball may be too dangerous and some are calling for this aspect of the game to be removed from youth soccer. For the time being, “heading” remains a part of the game so it’s important to ensure that players are doing this properly and safely. Check out the following from CBC to see some great ways to ensure safety on the soccer field.

CBC:  Soccer head injuries may be underappreciated