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When I was a boy I was obsessed with sports: my heroes were Turk Broda, Syl Apps, Teeder Kennedy, Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Johnny Bower, and Howie Meeker, to mention only a few.

I was a hockey fan, hockey player, and hockey obsessed. I skated to school, played pick up hockey at West Prep elementary school in Toronto with the Delzotto brothers (from Tridel) who were as good as the NHLers, at least it seemed that way to me. I was canadian goose jacket good enough to make my high school hockey teams the Forest Hill Falcon both junior and senior teams.

Putting on the team hockey sweater was a thrill! I was not astar, but I had a great time. I competed in the canada goose clearance Joe Lake swim at Camp Arowhon in Algonquin Park when I was 13 and had one of the fastest times in Canada Goose Jackets camp history. Playing for the University of Toronto Meds hockey team was also great. So canada goose outlet store locations yes, sports canada goose were important to me growing up.

I benefited from the exercise, the camaraderie, the team spirit, and the lifelong friendships. That is why I recommend canada goose coats participation in sports for most kids, including collision sports, like hockey. Yes, I was also interested in sport safety when I was young.

I found myself playing canada goose coats on sale on a different type of team doing battle with terrible enemies called brain injury and spinal cord injury. The fight was now to save an athlete life after a brain injury in football or skiing, or to buy canada goose jacket try and restore movement to an Canada Goose Parka athlete arms and legs after a broken neck in rugby, diving or hockey.

I learned first hand that the sports I loved could put a player in a wheelchair for life. These sports related encounters in the emergency department, ward or operating room were often terrible for the athlete, their families and for me because all my learned skills were often insufficient to put the pieces of the brain or spinal 2018 canada goose outlet cord back together again.

I collaborated with many sports organizations to prevent injuries in hockey, diving, swimming, Canada Goose Online football, soccer, skiing/boarding, motor sports, equestrian sports and others. I also attempted to recruit governments and professional athletes for the prevention team. Hockey with Mike Canada Goose online Bossy was a great kids video we made aimed at preventing broken necks in hockey. We created many special programs like the Road Show that travelled across the country, and I went to countless schools to tell kids how to protect themselves. The message was safer to play longer. Indeed, canada goose replica it is very likely that Canada will soon adopt concussion legislation to put teeth into concussion education and management.

Do injury prevention efforts work? With broken necks, we changed the rules in hockey and told players about the risks of hitting from behind into the boards, and then with the registry we developed in 1981 we showed Canada Goose sale that there was a decline in the number of hockey players ending up in wheelchairs. The last Canadian Ice Hockey Spinal Injuries Registry report in 2016 covering the years 1943 2011, cheap Canada Goose showed that in the peak years of 1990 92, there were 18 spinal injuries per year in hockey in Canada, whereas after the injury prevention programs, spinal injuries dropped to five per year inmost years from 2001 10 (Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 2016). Yes, sports injury prevention works.

Looking back at 50 years of work, I canada goose deals think I have had a hand in preventing some injuries in sports and recreation. It is always easier to count the ones you did not save: the deaths and disabilities are there for everyone to see.

I was thrilled buy canada goose jacket cheap in 2015 when the Prime Minister of Canada wrote to the Ministers of Health and Sport and asked them to do something about improving the management of concussions in this country. To accomplish this Parachute Canada was appointed to the concussion guidelines for all sports so that the messaging to athletes and their families would be canada goose outlet toronto factory more uniform and more effective. I co chair the committee that is working on this, and soon we will have Canadian Harmonized Concussion Guidelines for most sports.

I am also on Law Committee, created by the Government of Ontario to develop better ways including legislation to prevent deaths from brain injuries like concussion in school based and non school based sports. Our view that concussions are a public health concern has been accepted. In 2010, I started the Canada Goose Coats On Sale Canadian Concussion Centre and the Canadian Sports Concussion Project at the Toronto Western Hospital to do research on why some people do not recover from concussions, and to discover treatments for concussion.

Unfortunately, there are very few evidence based treatments for concussion, but we are starting to make gains, especially with treatments for post concussion syndrome which can be very disabling because of headaches, dizziness, anxiety, depression and many other symptoms.

My induction into Canada Sports Hall of Fame this year was another thrill, and it was not because of my play for the Forest Hill Falcons or for the Joe Lake swim, but rather the citation said it was for my role in injury prevention.

At the recent Calgary Sports Hall event I was on the stage with the other inductees, including my sports heroes canada goose black friday sale like Mike canada goose clearance sale Weir, Lanny McDonald and Cindy Klassen.

Cassie Campbell Pascall was the moderator and asked each inductee to tell the story of their most memorable sports achievement. I was canada goose store last to speak, and heard the wonderful stories of all the other seven inductees which included Cindy story about her six Olympic medals, Mike Masters win, and Lanny Stanley Cup title.

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