September 2007

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury in Sports and Recreation

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury in Sports and Recreation
September 25, 2007

10:00 am-11:00 am EST


Sandy Wells. Sandy Wells is the National Injury Prevention Program Manager for the ThinkFirst Foundation of Canada. She completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the University of Toronto, in the field of sociology of sport. Her current projects include managing the Ontario Safe Sport Helmet Initiative (with the Ministry of Health Promotion), and organizing the ThinkFirst Summit on Head Protection to be held November 11, 2007 in conjunction with the Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference. She has been with ThinkFirst since April 2007. A compendium of catastrophic injuries in sports and recreational activities is about to be published by the University of Toronto Press. It discusses the trends in serious injuries in sports and recreational activities in Ontario over a ten year period. Some of the trends and statistics regarding catastrophic sports injuries are surprising; but much of the data confirms popular notions of what is considered “dangerous” activities. This presentation will outline the findings for some of the most popular Ontario sports, as well as those with the highest injury rates. Using both the data and our popular conceptions about sports and risky recreational activity, we will then move into a discussion about the conditions of risk and injury in sports and physical activities.

Session materials

Updated September 10, 2007