April 5, 2018
When facts are stranger than fiction!
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Youth and Adolescents
There are various causes of Concussion in Youth and Adolescents. Not every event is the result of participating in a high-risk sport. As a matter of fact, only 30% of the concussions reported ever year, are related to sports and recreation. Of the millions of concussions reported, 70% are result of other events.
Statistics were gathered by the CDC, (Center for Disease Control), between 2000-2010 regarding Traumatic Brain-Injury (TBI) related Emergency Department (ED) visits, hospitalizations and deaths (according to age and cause of injury.) The data gathered, indicated that the rates of TBI-related Emergency Department visits increased for every age group studied … the most significant increase was noted for children four years and younger. Between 2007 and 2010, the rates increased by 50% in children 0 to 4 which were the highest rates of any age group studied (almost twice the rate of those aged 15–24 years).
The four main causes of (TBI) in Youth and Adolescents
One of the main causes of Concussion in Youth, (0-4 years) are falls. They are the main reason for visits to the Emergency Department for that age group. This also applies to children 5-14. While a visit to the ED may be required, a fall is rarely responsible for a TBI-related death.
Motor vehicle accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are responsible for a little under half of all TBI-related deaths in children and adolescents. They are the number one cause of TBI-related deaths among children 5-14, and are the #1 cause of TBI-related ED visits and hospitalizations for older teens.
Struck by or against
The second leading cause of TBI-related injuries is from being hit in the head by an object, or running into an object head first. This accounts for about 15% of TBI-related ED visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States in 2013. Injuries caused by being struck by/against an object account for 35% of injuries in youth 5–14 years of age, who are diagnosed with a TBI during an ED visit. Like falls, this category of injury is more likely to result in ED visits than in death.
Assault is the leading cause of TBI-related death among children 0-4. It’s also a common cause of TBI-related ED visits and hospitalizations in older teens.
Having read the facts, will you wear your Fitz wearable Brain Impact monitor all day every day, or still only when you believe you are “most at risk”?
“Today, on International Women’s Day, I am so pleased to tell you that you are one of ten leaders being recognized by the Leading Women and Leading Girls Building Communities Program here in Kitchener-Waterloo.”
Katherine Fife- NDP MPP Kitchener Waterloo
Congratulations to Diane Matyas, CEO and co-founder of Sportfitz.
SportFitz is leading the pack with regards wearable Brain Impact Technology and have coined the phrase #Brain ware.
In other words, a wearable device, that will ensure no head impact will ever go un-noticed, un-reported, un-treated and un-managed ever again.
If you are wearing a Fitz (device that fits comfortably behind your ear) and happen to fall, get pushed, or receive a substantial knock playing sport, the Fitz device will immediatly register the impact. If the impact is significant enough, the Fitz immediately alerts the wearer of the incident as well as all other predefined recipients of “alerts”.
It is estimated that 90% of all concussive events, go un- noticed, and that as many as 90% of people who have concussion, are not aware they could be suffering from a concussion.
Concussion symptoms include, depression, anxiety, anger, emotional instability, headache, nausea, fogginess, light sensitivity, and ringing ears to mention a few.
The Fitz cannot stop a concussion. There is nothing on the market that can. However, it can and does stop impacts from going un-noticed, it can and does, record extremely important bio-metrics (never before possible) at the time of impact, it can and does, manage the return to play/learn/work protocol, ensuring all information is updated when it should be.
If you would like to pre-order your Fitz today, click here, or join our newsletter for updated information on our progress as we get closer to launch. Feel free to participate in our trials and contribute to our kickstarter campaign.
“Athletes aware of concussions, but still refuse to report!”
McGill University study / CTV Montreal
Published Friday, January 5, 2018,
C S G: How do you define stupid! Just read this article!
Canadian Football players are equal to NOTHING!
Most if not all will never play in the major leagues?
Most aren’t equivalent to a Triple “A”baseball or hockey players who play in the American Hockey League!
They have no future, are basically bums holding onto a dream, that will never materialize, and the majority will be left as invalids!
McGill, one of Canada’s foremost Universities has found some answers but NO ONE is listening!
It is already a well known fact that 80% of all high school contact sports athletes will sustain a brain injury (concussion), before graduating high school!
It is also a known fact that thousands of N F L Football players have settled for $1 Billion to-pay for the brain injuries they will and have sustained in their careers!
It is also a well documented fact that the Doctor Bennett Omalu, who discovered C T E, (a degenerative brain disease) in the brain of Pittsburgh Steelers, All Star, Mike Webster, has made it clear, NO CHILD, should play any contact sport until, at least the age of19.
So why aren’t these dregs of society concerned about their health, but more importantly the well-being of the children, “who look-up to them?”
It is all about the MONEY!
Until you, the parent stop going, or watching these fiascos, it will continue!
The only way it will end is for you to join C S G in our fight to reach more parents and chid, youth and high school contact sports administrators in ending this slaughter of our children in these insignificant activities!
Will you join us?
A new study conducted by the McGill University Health Centre finds athletes today are much more aware of the dangers of concussions – but most are still playing through a suspected brain injury.
The researchers examined Canadian Football League players during the 2015-2016 season.
Their findings revealed that about a quarter of those players strongly believed they had suffered a concussion, but 80 per cent of them chose not to seek medical attention.
Only 20 per cent diligently reported the concussion to the medical staff on their team when it happened and only 6 per cent sought out medical attention after the game.
Researchers found athletes are more knowledgeable about the symptoms, the dangers, and treatment for concussions, but tend to disregard that information when they get injured.
Dr. J. Scott Delaney of the McGill Sport Medicine Clinic co-authored the study, which was published in this month’s Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.
He believes fear of letting the team down and thinking the injury wasn’t serious enough to be a danger to their health are key reasons for under-reporting.
Delaney said a similar study with university athletes produced the same results.
“This is not a problem isolated to CFL players, as we have seen almost identical behavior in male and female university athletes.
What we have to figure out now is how we get athletes to change their behavior when routine concussion education may not be enough,” he said.
Trenton Miller, the former quarterback for the Concordia Stingers, suffered a concussion last year while playing against Laval University.
It was the seventh concussion of his career.
“Concussions are not like a broken arm, where you can just know what it is,” he said. “There’s a lot of reasons why people don’t report it.”
Delaney said it’s important for athletes to know that they are much more at risk for a potentially much more damaging second or third concussion if they play through the first one.
“We try to make the athletes understand that we know perhaps you’re not happy you’ve had a concussion and we’re going to pull you out of the game, but we’re doing that for your own health,” he said.
“It’s better to treat this concussion now, because this will probably take less time than if you continue to play and hide your symptoms and suffer another concussion, because that other concussion could take much longer, and keep you out of sports and participation even longer.”
Athletes, coaches and medical staff at McGill now sign a ‘concussion contract’ that includes information about concussions in the hopes that everyone will be more forthcoming about injuries and eliminate the stigma.