A heads up on head injuries from BC interior health medical health officer Dr Peter Barss

Have you ever thought about what could happen if you or your family had a head injury? The brain is sensitive to impact. What seems a minor injury sometimes leads to a lifetime of suffering for the injured person, family, and friends. Possible consequences are loss of employment, homelessness, divorce, addictions, and personality changes, among […]

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The Brain Injury Association of Canada Supports Ontario's Deputy Chief Coroner Dan Cass' Recommendations released during Brain Injury Awareness Month

The Brain Injury Association of Canada supports all recommendations made by Deputy Chief Coroner Dan Cass, BSc, MD, FRCPC especially the recommendation calling for mandatory bicycle helmet use for all, not only to dramatically reduce preventable deaths but also to reduce serious brain injuries which will have an impact on reducing indirect and direct health […]

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Ottawa Public Health wants youth to “Adopt a Helmet”

Ottawa –Ottawa Public Health has launched a new social media campaign aimed at youth, “Adopt a Helmet,” to increase helmet use in Ottawa. The “Adopt a Helmet” campaign takes an innovative approach to promoting the use of these life-saving safety devices by portraying helmets as if they were pets available for adoption. One of the […]

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Yes to ski helmets, but buyer beware

A Canadian Medical Association Journal Editorial Nova Scotia passed legislation on Dec. 15, 2011, requiring all skiers and snowboarders — children and adults — to wear a helmet. This likely constitutes the world’s toughest such rules and is laudable from a public health perspective, but there’s just one problem. How good are the helmets? The […]

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Mayo clinic to take in-depth look at hockey concussions

Dr. Michael Stuart is concerned about concussions in all levels of hockey, and he is doing something about it. While much has been discussed about the serious injuries in the NHL and what steps the league has taken to try to limit their occurrence, Dr. Stuart and the Mayo Clinic are trying to fix the […]

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Health Canada Ski and Snowboard Helmet Consultation

Please be aware that the report on the consultation regarding proposed legislative action for ski and snowboard helmets has been released and published. Proposal for Legislative Action on Ski and Snowboard Helmets Regards, Denis Roy, P.Eng. Project Officer / Agent de projets Mechanical & Electrical Hazards Division / Division des dangers mécaniques & électriques Product […]

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Test removes doubt about athletes at risk of mTBI (Concussions)

Thursday, August 19, 2010 BY PHILIP DEVENCENTIS Wyckoff Suburban News OF SUBURBAN NEWS When Michael Rezzonico strapped on his football helmet, all of his fears subsided. He felt invincible. Yet Michael, who played one season for Indian Hills High School in Oakland, will never play the game he loves again. Too many concussions have sidelined […]

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Bike Helmet Laws for All Ages!

A recent study has found that mandatory bike helmet laws are effective in reducing cycling injuries and fatalities and are no impediment to ridership numbers. Dr. Ryan Zarychanski, an assistant professor of community health services and internal medicine at the University of Manitoba, who co-authored the study that investigated this matter, said that an “all […]

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Moving Letter from a person who supports a Helmet Bylaw in Terrace, BC

Terrace Standard, Terrace, British Columbia – Letters Support helmet bylaw Published: July 06, 2010 11:00 PM Dear Sir: I think Terrace City Council should strongly support this request of a helmet bylaw for skateboarders. While enforcement may be an issue, having the bylaw in place creates an opening for discussion and education of the general […]

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Hon. Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker,…..

Hon. Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, last month, I tabled a motion to officially recognize June as Brain Injury Awareness Month and I stand today to draw attention to Canadians who sustain cerebral concussions because they do not wear CSA-approved helmets when engaged in recreational activities where there is risk of head trauma. […]

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Fry Repeats Call for Action on Snow Sport Helmet Legislation

OTTAWA – The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Centre responded to the Conservative Government’s identification of the safety of Canadians as a priority in the recent Throne Speech. Dr. Fry rose in the House of Commons to respond to this promise. “I have been trying for three years, with successive Health Ministers, […]

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Helmets a good idea for young skaters, added protection can reduce injuries: doctor

By Matthew Pearson, The Ottawa CitizenFebruary 5, 2010 Broken noses, snapped teeth and concussions could be prevented if more children wore helmets while skiing, skating or sledding, a Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario doctor says. The message comes as Winterlude starts today and thousands more people prepare to lace up their skates on the Rideau […]

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Physiotherapists urge skiers to wear helmets

Comox Valley EchoDecember 8, 2009 The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) is strongly encouraging Canadians of all ages to wear helmets when downhill skiing or snowboarding. The death of actress Natasha Richardson who fell while skiing at Mont Tremblant last spring has focused public and media attention on the issue of helmet safety. CPA joins a […]

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Girl's death highlights flaw in helmet standards, only hockey gear covered, expert says

By Meghan Hurley, The Ottawa CitizenFebruary 9, 2010 6:33 AM OTTAWA — The death of an 11-year-old girl killed in a skiing accident highlights the need for Canada-wide standards for all sports helmets, an expert in the field says. Nicole Wren, who attended The Stewart School in Perth, was killed at the Calabogie Peaks Resort […]

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Letter to the Editor, Ottawa Citizen, Violence and the Injury factor in Hockey

The never ending incidents of on ice-thuggery, including hits to the head, a recent one involving QMJHL star Patrice Cormier, along with other factors including body checking in minor hockey, has turned hockey into our most dangerous game. These horrible incidents smack of everything that is wrong with hockey in our country: poor leadership; elitist […]

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Meeting injuries head-on – Letter to the Editor

From: Emile Therien – To: editorial@reddeeradvocate.com Dear Editor, With much interest, I read this article: Meeting injuries head-on. The never ending incidents of on ice-thuggery, including hits to the head, a recent one involving QMJHL star Patrice Cormier, along with other factors including body checking in minor hockey, has turned hockey into our most dangerous […]

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Preventable.ca Fact Sheet Snowboarding and Skiing Injuries

INJURY STATISTICS There are more than 900 skiing and snowboarding injuries, among all ages, that require hospitalization annually (BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit) Traumatic head injury is the leading cause of death among skiers and snowboarders (SMARTRISK, 2009) Helmets have been linked to a 60 per cent reduction in head injuries for skiers and […]

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Preventable.ca News Release: You probably won’t need a helmet today – Helmets credited with 60 per cent reduction in head injuries among snowboarders and skiers

You probably won’t need a helmet today – Helmets credited with 60 per cent reduction in head injuries among snowboarders and skiers Vancouver, BC, January 19, 2010 – Although close to 1,000 skiers and snowboarders require hospitalization from injuries annually, carving it up and having fun on the mountains doesn’t have to be dangerous. “British […]

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Bill C-289, a private members bill introduced by Dr. Hedy Fry, MP asking the House to support minimum standards for sport helmets has been wiped out

Colleagues, Bill C-289, a private members bill introduced by Dr. Hedy Fry, MP asking the House to support minimum standards for sport helmets has been stalled with many other pieces of legislation on the parliamentary agenda because Parliament has been prorogued. This is the third time that this bill has been delayed due to an […]

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Ski & Snowboard Helmets News Bites

Check out CBC Vancouver’s story on the helmet forum. Fast forward the video to the 4 minute and 28 second mark. Natalie, the anchor of the news, was the host of the forum. (CBC may remove this clip from the site rather quickly.) http://www.sportmedbc.com/SportMedBlog/?p=612 http://www.skirebel.com/magazine/archives/4888 http://braininjurycanada.ca/2009/11/25/the-brain-injury-association-of-canada-endorses-the-vancouver-charter-on-skiing-safety/ http://www.thestar.com/living/article/729620–safe-kids-canada-asks-public-to-support-ski-helmets http://www.cbc.ca/cp/health/091120/x112031A.html http://www.skihelmets.org/2009/11/safe-kids-canada-asks-public-for-support-for-helmets-on-the-slopes/

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The Brain Injury Association of Canada endorses the Vancouver Charter on Skiing Safety

The Vancouver Charter on Skiing Safety is based on skiing and snowboarding safety, which was approved in the context of the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games. The original Turin Charter was prepared by a panel of experts and specialists delegated by European governments who worked under the coordination of TOROC (Turin Organizing Committee), BE.PRA.S.A. (a […]

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Helmet advocate wins Pashby Safety Fund Award

© Copyright 2009, Whistler Question – Published November 13, 2009 – LOCAL NEWS – David Burke dburke@whistlerquestion.com Richard Kinar A West Vancouverite who has been leading the charge for increased helmet use in the snowsports industry and improved brain injury prevention programs nationwide this week received a prestigious award recognizing contributions in the field. Richard […]

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Make your vote for ThinkFirst and injury prevention count!

Dear Friends, ThinkFirst has submitted an idea to the Aviva Community Fund, a public competition that could result in positive change in your community. ThinkFirst wants to give helmets and head injury prevention education to communities across Canada. Injuries to the head are the most common injuries among children and young people who participate in […]

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Fry Commends Intrawest on Helmet Policy

VANCOUVER – The Hon. Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver Centre, today applauded Intrawest’s decision to introduce helmet requirements at its North American resorts. “Intrawest has shown itself to be a leader in social responsibility by voluntarily introducing new helmet requirements and updating its advertising to promote helmet use,” said Dr. Fry. “I am hopeful that […]

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Intrawest sets helmet requirements at ski resorts

Headgear to be mandatory for all children, teens in ski and snowboard programs and all students regardless of age taking part in freestyle terrain park programs VANCOUVER— The Canadian Press Last updated on Thursday, Oct. 01, 2009 01:48PM EDT Six months after actress Natasha Richardson died following a fall at the Mont Tremblant ski resort […]

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Deadly aftershocks: Repetitive head trauma might be cause of brain disease in NFL players

Printed in the Ottawa Citizen, Friday, July 31, 2009 By MARK KRAM, Philadelphia Daily News BEDFORD, Mass. – What Lisa McHale would like you to know is the way it once was, not the way it ended. Because it is vital to her that you know her husband Tom as she will always remember him […]

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Whistler Blackcomb mandates helmet use by youth instructors

David Burke dburke@whistlerquestion.com From the Whistler Question Whistler – Whistler Blackcomb (WB) employees who teach skiing and snowboarding to those under 17 years of age will have to wear safety helmets this coming season — a move one official says will help promote safety among youngsters, but which one helmet-use advocate says doesn’t go far […]

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BIAC-ACLC Brief to the Standing Committee on Health Re: Bill C-6

The Brain Injury Association of Canada – BIAC – would like to thank the Standing Committee on Health for their invitation to speak to and answer questions with regards to Helmet Certification on Thursday, May 28, 2009 The Brain Injury Association of Canada strongly urges the Standing Committee on Health studying Bill C-6 to support […]

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In a Nutshell Helmet Festival

Happy Brain Injury Awareness Month! I am very excited to announce our exciting upcoming event, the In a Nutshell Helmet Festival !!! Join us on June 28th at Esquimalt Gorge Park for fun activities with firefighters, cyclists, mascots, balloon art, helmet decorating, food and more. Think you might want a fancy new bicycle for the […]

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Under the Helmet – A new helmet has been designed to better protect football players from a variety of head injuries

It’s the most important piece of equipment an athlete can have while out on the field, and now the latest piece of technology to keep football players safe on the field is getting a bit of help from a local engineering team. Football helmets have evolved over more than a century from crude leather bonnets […]

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To All Members of the Brain Injury Association of Canada Community – Call to Action – Your Participation is required today

The Government has put into place a process which requires your immediate participation for passage of Bill C-289. Thanking you in advance for taking the time to advance this Bill through Parliament! Your Participation is required; this is not a done deal. If Canadians remain silent then the government could drop the legislation or stall […]

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CSA-approved ski helmets could be on slopes next winter if makers act promptly

The Canadian Press A private member’s bill would require snow-sports helmets not approved by the CSA to be banned under the Hazardous Products Act.A private member’s bill would require snow-sports helmets not approved by the CSA to be banned under the Hazardous Products Act. (Ennio Leanza/Canadian Press/Associated Press/Keystone) The Canadians Standards Association can’t say if […]

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Vail Resorts becomes first U.S. ski area operator known to institute employee helmet rule

From the Examiner Vail Resorts announced on Monday that all employees will be required next season to wear a helmet while skiing or riding on the job at each of its five mountain resorts: Heavenly in the Lake Tahoe area and Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado. The company will provide approximately 6,500 […]

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Protection with style: From fedora toppers to floppy fleece ears, bike helmets get a designer makeover to help boost sales

By Kirstin Endemann, The Ottawa Citizen, April 4, 2009 For years, Sarah Chan, who loves stylish shoes and handbags, did not own a bicycle because she thought helmets looked stupid. “Friends were trying to convince me to get a bike, but I did not want to have to get all this ugly gear to feel […]

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North Vancouver Town Hall Meeting to Address Brain Injury Prevention

GATINEAU, Quebec – On Tuesday, April 14, 2009 the Brain Injury Association of Canada will partner with the District of North Vancouver, North Shore Safety Council, Think First and the Alzheimer Society, Legacies 2010 to speak about the Prevention of Brain Injuries at a Public Meeting in the Council Chambers of Municipal Hall, located at […]

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Attention Parents, Educators and Sport Leaders: Attend the North Vancouver Premiere of Wipe Out

‘WipeOut’: Extreme Sports and Brain Injury Date: Tuesday April 14, 2009 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm Place: Municipal Hall, District of North Vancouver, 355 West Queens Rd. – Council Chambers Cost: free! (but please register by email to: walkert@shaw.ca ) WipeOut, produced by Lionel Goddard and the Knowledge Network, tells the story of three young […]

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The five-hour scramble to save Natasha Richardson

Recordings of exchanges between medics and 911 dispatch reveal how actress’s treatable condition steadily worsened INGRID PERITZ From Saturday’s Globe and Mail March 27, 2009 at 9:33 PM EDT MONT TREMBLANT, QUE. — The crackling message over the 911 scanner is delivered with cold precision: The female patient in the ambulance is dazed and concussed, […]

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Government could make helmet makers submit head gear for approval or make it illegal to sell substandard helmets, as with hockey gear

By Craig McInnes, VANCOUVER SUN March 27, 2009 For years, Richard Kinar has been pushing for performance standards for recreational ski and snowboarding helmets. So I assumed the former professional ski racer from West Vancouver would be delighted by the announcement of a new Canadian standard this week in the wake of the death of […]

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Recreational Sports Safety Task Force Urges Province to Consider Mandatory Helmet Legislation

Vaughan, March 27, 2009 – The Recreational Sports Safety Task Force (RSSTF) urges the Province to consider mandatory helmet legislation following a number of recent deaths on the ski slopes. This winter alone there have been several serious injuries and deaths, which have occurred on ski, toboggan and snowboard hills, including the most recent and […]

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Health Canada and Canadian Standards Association Announce New Standard for Snow Sport Helmets

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, together with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), today announced the availability of a new CSA standard for recreational skiing and snowboarding helmets, as well as the establishment of an accompanying CSA certification program. Health Canada and Canadian Standards Association Announce New Standard for Snow Sport Helmets Canada’s first […]

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Consultation – Proposal for Legislative Action on Ski and Snowboarding Helmets

A risk of serious head injury exists for individuals who do not wear a helmet while participating in recreational snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Currently, helmets for use in these sports are not regulated in Canada. Given that serious head injuries are associated with downhill skiing and snowboarding, it is the intention of […]

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New standard for skiing, snowboarding helmet safety

CTV.ca News Staff While more Canadians are choosing to wear helmets while skiing or snowboarding, there have been no requirements about how well those helmets should work. That could change with the country’s first recreational alpine skiing and snowboarding helmet standard. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) announced Monday it will begin providing testing for certification […]

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Canadian Standards Association Media Release – Skiing, Snowboarding Helmet Standards

Congratulations to the CSA The Brain Injury Association of Canada lauds the Canadian Standards Association in the development of recreational alpine skiing and snowboarding helmet standard to to help protect winter sports enthusiasts on Canadian slopes The next step is to have the government approve Bill C-289 which will require the recreational alpine skiing and […]

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Fry calls for urgent action on Snow Sport Helmet Safety

OTTAWA – The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Centre and a physician, today urged the Conservative government, after years of delay, to use the powers available to Cabinet through Governor-in-Council to fast-track her Private Members’ Bill on recreational alpine snow sport helmets. “The recent serious brain injuries on Canada’s ski slopes are […]

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State lawmakers approve concussion bills for young athletes

Article from Seattle Times The state Legislature has passed bills aimed at preventing traumatic brain injuries among young athletes. By Chantal Anderson, Seattle Times staff reporter OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON ‹ Zackery Lystedt’s last words to his father before falling silent for nine months: “Dad, I can’t see.” The 13-year-old junior-high football player had chased a runner […]

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Make it cool to wear a helmet – Canadian Physiotherapy Association advises parents on protecting children from head injuries during active holiday periods

Many Canadian children are enjoying time off from school this week and that means a lot of them are skiing, snowboarding, skating, and participating in other outdoor activities. It also means they may be at higher risk for injury, including a concussion or a more serious brain injury. Every year about 45,000 Canadians get a […]

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Beating the drum for helmet safety Kinar touts better standards, broader use; Spencer defends ski industry’s approach

From Whistler The Magazine HEALTH David Burke dburke@whistlerquestion.com Whistler – Dr. Hedy Fry, the Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Centre, last week reintroduced a private members’ bill in the House of Commons that would require all recreational snowsport helmets not approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to be deemed “hazardous products” and prohibited. On Tuesday […]

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Concussion panel recommends ban on hockey fights

The Canadian Press LONDON, Ont. — Fighting should be eliminated from hockey at all levels of the game, according to recommendations released Tuesday from an expert panel dealing with concussions in hockey. “Fighting is one of the known causes of concussion, and may result in the related long-term complications,” the panel’s summary statement says. “Fighting […]

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Letter to send to your MP to help pass Bill C-289

Email this letter to your MP and the Minister of Health! (Copy and paste it into your emails) You can find your Member of Parliament’s email address. The Minister of Health’s e-mail is Aglukkaq.L@parl.gc.ca The Prime Minister’s e-mail is Harper.S@parl.gc.ca Dear [Member of Parliament]: As a concerned citizen, I urge you to support minimum standards […]

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To All Members of the Brain Injury Association of Canada Community

Bill C-289, a Private Members’ Bill to the House of Commons requiring all recreational snow sport helmets not approved by the Canadian Standards Association to be prohibited under the Hazardous Products Act. Please take a few minutes out of your busy day to e-mail your Member of Parliament AND the Minister of Health, The Hon. […]

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Fry calls government a laggard on Helmet Safety

OTTAWA – The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Centre and Chair of the BC Liberal Caucus, today re-introduced Bill C-289, a Private Members’ Bill to the House of Commons requiring all recreational snow sport helmets not approved by the Canadian Standards Association to be prohibited under the Hazardous Products Act. Currently, helmets […]

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Brain Injury Association of Canada supports re-introduction of helmet safety bill

GATINEAU, Québec—The Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC) calls on Canadians to contact their Member of Parliament and declare their support for Private Members Bill C-289, which would amend the Hazardous Products Act so as to prohibit the advertising, sale, or import into Canada, of recreational snow sport helmets that do not meet a national […]

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Brain Injury Association Of Canada Invites Canadian Lacrosse Association To Adopt New OHL Rule

GATINEAU, Québec – The Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC) has invited the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) to consider establishing helmet rules similar to those announced, January 15, by the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The OHL’s new resolution means a player can now be handed a penalty and suspension if their helmet is ever removed […]

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Ontario Hockey League issues a New Helmet Rule; Players face penalty, suspension if helmet removed before or during fight

From CBC Sports The Ontario Hockey League announced a new rule on Wednesday to address the issue of players losing their helmets during fights, whether intentionally or otherwise. OHL commissioner David Branch had indicated earlier in the week the rule would be implemented, and it is effective beginning with games on Thursday. “If a player […]

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