Sport Safety

An average of 900 BC children and teens are hospitalized each year due to sports-related injuries. A new website is working to change this by giving parents, kids, coaches and teachers easy access to injury prevention information for over 50 popular sports and recreational activities, including soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, ice hockey, kayaking, hiking and snowboarding. Active & Safe Central was developed by the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) at BC Children’s Hospital in partnership with injury prevention experts, sport injury specialists and sport organizations...
As of September 2013 there will be no more body-checking in Canadian PeeWee hockey (under 13 age division). The ever present debate regarding at what age body-checking should be introduced into minor hockey came to the forefront this past weekend, as Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors voted almost unanimously to ban body-checking at the PeeWee level. The Canadian sport medicine community has largely supported this decision and the Canadian Pediatric Society has come out to say that, “this evidence-based decision puts brain safety first and will enhance player development by focusing on...