Play Safe Initiative is happy to welcome the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation to the Play Safe Network.
The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation's (ONF’s) focus is neurotrauma – specifically the practical application of research to improve the lives of people with an acquired brain inquiry or spinal cord injury, and the prevention of neurotrauma injuries. ONF is a not-for-profit research organization that utilizes strategic research funding activity and the building of relationships with numerous partners and stakeholders to foster, gather, and apply research knowledge. ONF aims to increase the effectiveness and use of prevention, and to improve the systems of care, outcomes, and quality of life of those who have sustained a neurotrauma injury and to create and sustain improvements in practice and policy in communities across Ontario.
PSI looks forward to working with ONF on the prevention and treatment of sport and recreation brain and spinal cord injuries.
For more information on ONF: www.onf.org
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.
Play Safe is thrilled to announce that McMaster Children's Hospital has joined the Play Safe Network.
McMaster Children's Hospital (MCH) is one of the top pediatric academic health science centres in Canada. MCH serves the special and unique healthcare needs of children using a family-centred model of care. Founded in 1988, MCH has rapidly become a leader in pediatric evidence-based care, collaborative research and innovative leading-edge education.
We look forward to opportunities to collaborate around research, education and communication of best practices.
For more information on MCH please visit:
PSI is delighted to welcome Parachute to the Play Safe Network.
Parachute is a national, charitable organization, formed in July 2012, which unites the former organizations of Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada into one strong leader in injury prevention. This passionate, unified voice leverages 80 years of combined injury-prevention experience and we cannot be underestimated in our resolve and capacity to effect change. The aim of Parachute is an injury-free Canada. Parachute wants to bring attention to the issue of preventable injury and to help Canadians reduce their risks of injury and enjoy long lives lived to the fullest.
For more information on Parachute's sport and recreation-related programs, concussion and other community safety initiatives please visit: www.parachutecanada.org.
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.
We know that there is a health crisis looming in Canada for our current generations of children and youth. Physical inactivity and other lifestyle factors have created a situation where our children may be the first generation in decades to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. In the face of this grim fact, developing physical literacy has emerged as a key tactic to promoting physical activity among children and youth, and thereafter through their adult lifespan.
But there’s still another practical bottom line to physical literacy when it comes to health and wellness: injury reduction and prevention.
In Canada, we know that injuries sustained in sport and physical activity produce both short-term and long-term personal, social and economic costs. Consider these facts:
- A 2009 report found that being struck by sports equipment cost the Canadian health care system approximately $188 million in direct and indirect costs.[i] It accounted for 1,223 hospitalizations, 66,037 hospital visits, 607 permanent partial disabilities and 48 total permanent disabilities.[ii]
- Sport and physical activity account for 30% of hospital admissions for children 5-9 and 68% of children 10-14 years of age.[iii]
And these numbers only offer a small snapshot of the total cost to individuals and health institutions. The reports exclusively identify hospital reported injuries and do not account for all sport and physical activity-related injuries, many of which go unreported.
As leaders in sport, education and physical activity for children and youth, we have a responsibility to reduce injury risk, to provide safe environments, and to develop competent, resilient youth participants.
We can achieve these goals by following the Three E’s model of injury risk reduction. These include Education (such as physical literacy), Engineering (of physical environments, equipment and programming), and Enforcement of safe practices (such as following the rules and safety regulations).
In line with this model, physical literacy falls into the realm of Education.
Physical literacy helps to reduce injuries because it improves body mechanics and increases awareness of the activity environment. For example, children may learn to run by playing outside with their friends, but there is no guarantee that they will learn how to run correctly without proper physical literacy training. They may run inefficiently, or in a manner that otherwise increases their risk for knee or ankle injury. The same could be said for many other fundamental movements such as jumping and throwing.
As well, children and youth with poor physical literacy are likely to be less aware of their environment during activity. This means they are more likely to be struck by sports equipment or otherwise stray into potentially dangerous situations.
All of us have an important role to play in reducing risk of injury to children and youth during activity, and physical literacy is an essential pillar. Learn more about resources and tools for developing physical literacy and reducing injury by visiting the Canadian Sport for Life physical literacy website www.physicalliteracy.ca/PL-IP
About the Project:
The Play Safe Initiative (PSI) is working with a number of partners, led by Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L), on a Public Health Agency of Canada grant to promote injury prevention through physical literacy. PSI contributed to this project by developing communication strategies, messages, providing injury prevention expertise and by sharing information about physical literacy and the effect on injuries.
[i] SMARTRISK. (2009). The Economic Burden of Injury in Canada. SMARTRISK: Toronto, ON.
[iii] Public Health Agency of Canada (2011). Factsheet: Investing in child and youth injury prevention in sports and recreation. Retrieved from http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/media/nr-rp/2011/2011_0316a-eng.php on Thursday April 12.
We are delighted to welcome The Sandbox Project to the PSI Stewardship Group. The Sandbox Project's vision is to: "help make Canada the healthiest place on earth for children and youth to grow up. Our ambitious but achievable goal is to make measurable progress against international health indicators within the next five years. In particular, we are focused on improving health outcomes with respect to injury prevention, obesity, mental health, and the environment."
For more information on the Sandbox Project, please visit www.sandboxproject.ca