Play Safe Initiative is happy to welcome WINBC (Promotion of Wellness in Northern BC Association)!
WINBC's mission is to promote health and wellness and reduce chronic disease through healthy living and physical activity, in Northern British Columbia. It's objective is to build capacity for wellness through education, research and community development.
WINBC is committed to collaboration, education and research in relation to improving health through physical activity and this necessarily includes reducing injuries and advocating for safety in play, activity and sport. WINBC is pleased to partner in opportunities to educate, share knowledge and contribute to research.
This week the British Journal of Sports Medicine released the updated Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport and the result of the 4th International Conference on Concussion held in November, 2012. The consensus statement and resources are intended for healthcare professionals working with athletes and participants but can be used to inform organizational policy with respect to concussion.
Key highlights for sport and recreation organizations:
- unanimous agreement same day Return to Play (RTP) should not occur
- psychological management and mental health
- modifying factors in concussion management
- special populations (children and teens, elite and non-elite)
- protective equipment (hemlets and mouthguards, rule change, risk compensation)
The release includes the updated Consensus Statement. Sport Concussion Assessment Tool Version 3 (SCAT3), Pocket Tool SCAT3 and a new SCAT3 Children specifically for children aged 5-12. These tools are useful in both a sport and recreation environment. Please share these tools and documents in their original format as they have been endorsed by international organziations.
For more resources and concussion information, please click here.
Br J Sports Med 2012;46:1030-1037 doi:10.1136/bjsports-2012-091534
Background Data on the injury and illness risk among young elite athletes are of utmost importance, because injuries and illnesses can counter the beneficial effects of sports participation at a young age, if children or adolescents are unable to continue to participate because of residual effects of injury or chronic illness.
Objective To analyse the frequencies and characteristics of injuries and illnesses during the 2012 Innsbruck Winter Youth Olympic Games (IYOG).
Methods We employed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) injury surveillance system for multisport events, which was updated for the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver 2010. All National Olympic Committees (NOCs) were asked to report the daily occurrence (or non-occurrence) of newly sustained injuries and illnesses on a standardised reporting form. In addition, information on athletes treated for injuries and illnesses by the Local Organizing Committee medical services was retrieved from the medical centre at the Youth Olympic Village and from the University hospital in Innsbruck.
Results Among the 1021 registered athletes (45% women, 55% men) from 69 NOCs, a total of 111 injuries and 86 illnesses, during the IYOG, were reported, resulting in an incidence of 108.7 injuries and 84.2 illnesses per 1000 registered athletes, respectively. Injury frequency was highest in skiing in the halfpipe (44%) and snowboarding (halfpipe and slope style: 35%), followed by ski cross (17%), ice hockey (15%), alpine skiing (14%) and figure skating (12%), taking into account the respective number of participating athletes. Knee, pelvis, head, lower back and shoulders were the most common injury locations. About 60% of injuries occurred in competition and about 40% in training, respectively. In total, 32% of the injuries resulted in an absence from training or competition. With regard to illnesses, 11% of women and 6% of men suffered from an illness (RR=1.84 (95% CI 1.21 to 2.78), p=0.003). The respiratory system was affected most often (61%).
Conclusions Eleven per cent of the athletes suffered from an injury and 9% from illnesses, during the IYOG. The presented data constitute the basis for future analyses of injury mechanisms and associated risk factors in Olympic Winter sports, which, in turn, will be essential to develop and implement effective preventive strategies for young elite winter-sport athletes.
To access the full article click here: http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/46/15/1030.abstract
Injuries sustained in sport and physical activities are not a new topic and notwithstanding the current media spotlight we still know very little about the true rate of injuries or effective strategies to reduce the risk of injury. A benefit of the recent attention is a growing momentum to engage a wider group of stakeholders in the discussions about the impact of such injuries. Part of this discussion has identified a growing gap in research and through surveys such as this one researchers, community stakeholders and decision makers will gain a better understanding of the injury issue in sport and physical activity in Ontario. This survey is an initial step within the larger Play Safe Initiative strategy to understand injury in sport and physical activity through collaboration, research and knowledge exchange. Responses will be kept confidential and will only be reported in aggregate. This survey and research protocol has been reviewed by the Ethics Review Board of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and LakeheadUniversity. For questions about this survey please contact Dr. Susan L. Forbes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Link to survey:
We are happy to share news of the launch earlier today of two brain injury guides . PSI, along with a number of other organizations had the opportunity to review and endorse these documents.
The "Brain Injury Guide for Youth" aims to help young people understand the effects of brain injury. "Understanding Brain Injury in Adolescence" is targeted at parents, coaches, educators and those that work with youth.
These documents are not sport specific and as such can be shared in a variety of settings including sport, recreation, education and healthcare.
You can find the link to both below:
These resources are absolutely free to download from www.teenmentalhealth.org - a collaboration between IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University and Sun Life Financial. We encourage everyone to share these links on websites and with networks where at all possible.
This month's edition of the Risk Management Magazine covers a good variety of sport and recreation issues including injury and risk. Some of the articles, particularly the one on the Luge incident at the 2010 Winter Games raise interesting questions about planning for and responding to risk. When considering the process and systemic approach used in the field of risk management to identify risk, it would seem that we have a lot to learn in sport and recreation...