From Kelowna Capital News Facebook:
I wanted to thank the Kelowna Capital News for the excellent, in-depth and locally-produced stories on the effects of brain trauma injuries (i.e., concussions) and, in particular, sports reporter Warren Henderson’s story about a now retired university athlete who had to give up his particular sport that he played following multiple concussions.
Competitive team sports and individual adventure sports are likely among the leading causes of concussions and head injuries, along with slipping on ice in the winter time and workplace- or school-related injuries.
Some head injuries and concussions are somewhat preventable with things like helmets for sure but many are simply freak accidents that can change one’s life in a moment. Whether they are preventable or non-preventable head injuries or concussions, one thing is certain: They can have devastating personal effects to individuals and they are somewhat of a silent injury that isn’t talked about, with people thinking it won’t happen to them because they don’t play higher risk sports like ice hockey.
As an example, I won’t leave the house in the winter time when there is either snow, ice or “slush” on the ground without first putting on the “cleats” on the bottom of my winter/hiking boots. While one has to be careful with the types of indoor commercial flooring one walks on while wearing these, I would encourage everyone to purchase these for next winter.