Education, rules and enforcement- keys to reducing spinal injuries in ice hockey

New research published in the Canadian Journal of Sports Medicine shows the vital need for continued injury prevention, education and awareness to reduce spinal cord injuries in ice hockey.

Forty-four new cases from 2006-2011 have been added to the Canadian Ice Hockey Spinal Injuries Registry. The Registry now contains 355 ice hockey-related spinal cord injuries from 1943-2011, making it Canada’s leading database on spinal cord injuries in hockey. Leading neurosurgeon and Parachute Board member, Dr. Charles Tator and researchers, credit the continuing decrease in number of severe injuries to a combination of educational programs, rule changes and enforcement.

Charles H. Tator, MD, PhD, Board of Directors, Parachute is available to discuss the Registry and newest findings.

BACKGROUND:
Parachute is a national charity helping Canadians stop the clock on preventable injuries. The injury impact is staggering. Preventable injuries are the #1 killer of children. They cost the Canadian economy $27B a year, and worst of all, one child dies every nine hours. Through education, knowledge and empowerment, Parachute is working to save lives and create an injury-free Canada. For information, visit us at parachutecanada.org, follow us on Twitter, or join us on Facebook.

 

For information:
Andrea Piunno, Parachute
647 776-5134
apiunno@parachutecanada.org