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Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for people under the age of 19.
More than 40% of brain injuries in children and youth aged 10-19 years treated in emergency departments are due to sport and recreation activities.
While the Government of Canada is encouraging Canada’s children and youth to become more active and live healthy lifestyles, we also want to ensure their safety while being active. Through the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Active and Safe initiative, the Government of Canada is investing $5 million over two years to support a number of community-based activities that empower Canadians to make safe choices while engaged in sport activities. Today’s announcement for $1.5 million will support a Canada-wide initiative aimed at reducing the rate and severity of concussions and brain injuries and improving return-to-play decision making for children and youth playing team sports.
This project is a collaboration among four organizations — ThinkFirst Canada, Hockey Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. Each partner will lead specific sections of the project, focusing on, or targeting audiences within their respective networks, ensuring the project reaches Canadians across the country – in urban, rural, remote and northern locations.
The project includes:
The project will also focus on providing online programming and low / no cost education and awareness resources to help ensure all Canadians can access this important information.