In this issue: iDOT updates, award announcements, new concussion resources

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December 8, 2020


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We wish you a safe and healthy holiday season and new year full of joy and celebration

—The BCIRPU Team





Drs. Brussoni, Babul receive awards


We are pleased to announce that two members of our team have received awards: Dr. Mariana Brussoni is a recipient of a UBC Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research.


Dr. Shelina Babul has received a Service Recognition Award for 2019/2020 from BC Hockey. The non-profit organization, responsible for governing approximately 150 minor hockey associations, mandated the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) training for all of their on-ice officials in 2016/2017.


Congrats, Mariana and Shelina!


Preventable wins Boating Safety Award


The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable) has received a 2020 Drowning Prevention Award–Research for their project on recreational boating safety in BC from the Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition.


The project, undertaken with partners BCIRPU, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, and Lifesaving Society, investigated the awareness, attitudes, and behaviours of recreational boaters in BC related to boating safety. The project was funded by Transport Canada.


"I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Coalition for this recognition. We were thrilled to undertake this project, and are very proud of the ensuing campaign and its effect," said Dr. Ian Pike.


[Photo courtesy of Paul Joseph/UBC]




Update to the Injury Data Online Tool


We have updated the Work-Related Injury Claims Tool and the accompanying visualization up to and including 2019 data.

Go to the Work-Related Injury Claims Tool



Two new concussion resources available


In the fall, we launched two new additions to the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT).

The first, CATT for Women’s Support Workers, is a toolkit designed for those who work with survivors of intimate partner violence. It includes a 45-minute video-based, interactive course which features a series of online educational modules and resources, including the voice of a real survivor of violence, dubbed ‘Jane’ to protect her privacy.


The second is that the CATT for Medical Professionals course has been updated to include a new module for physiotherapists and occupational therapists who treat patients with concussion.


Both resources are free and available in both English and French.

Learn more about CATT for Women's Support Workers

Learn more about CATT for Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists


Report: The prevention of poisoning in Canada


Unintentional poisoning deaths have now surpassed transport-related deaths in Canada, according to a new report co-authored by the BCIRPU, Parachute, and the Injury Prevention Centre at the University of Alberta.


The report, Evidence Summary on the Prevention of Poisoning in Canada, describes the current poisoning problem, presenting data from poison centre calls, emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths.


Read the full report (PDF)

CBC News article


BC School Sports mandates CATT training


BC School Sports, the governing organization for school sports in the province, has mandated the CATT for Coaches e-learning course for its members who work with young athletes.


Every head coach, assistant coach, manager, teacher-sponsor and student-manager will complete the CATT training so they can better care for more than 70,000 youth at the more than 450 public and independent secondary schools that are members of BC School Sports.




Recent publications


Al-Hajj S, Nehme R, Hatoum F, Zheng A, Pike I. (2020). Child school injury in Lebanon: A study to assess injury incidence, severity and risk factors. PLoS ONE. LINK


Amberber N, Howard A, Winters M, Harris MA, Pike I, Macpherson A, Cloutier M-S, Richmond SA, Hagel B, Fuselli P, Rothman L. (2020). Road Traffic Injury During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Cured or a Continued Threat? U of T J Pub Hlth. 1(1).


Black AM, Yeates KO, Babul S, Nettel-Aguirre A, Emery CA. (2020). Association between concussion education and concussion knowledge, beliefs and behaviors among youth ice hockey parents and coaches: A cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 10:e038166. LINK


Brussoni M. (2020). Chapter 4: Outdoor risky play. In Healthy, happy and safe: Education and childhood in the digital age. Paris: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. LINK


Han CS, Lin Y, Mâsse, LC, Brussoni M. (2020). There’s kind of a wall I have to stay inside of”: A qualitative understanding of children’s independent mobility range, destination, time and expansion. Children, Youth and Environments. 30(2), 97-118. LINK


Li J, Pang M, Smith J, Pawiliuk, Pike I. (2020). In Search of Concrete Outcomes-A Systematic Review on the Effectiveness of Educational Interventions on Reducing Acute Occupational Injuries. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 17(18):6874. LINK


Lim BT, Chhina H, Pike I, Brussoni M, Cooper M. (2020). Methodological Challenges in Investigating Supracondylar Fractures of the Humerus From a Child’s Viewpoint: Evolution of Study Protocol. JMIR Res Protoc. 9(10):e21816). LINK


Owoeye OBA, VanderWey MJ, Pike I. (2020). Reducing Injuries in Soccer (Football): an Umbrella Review of Best Evidence Across the Epidemiological Framework for Prevention. Sports Med - Open. 6, 46. LINK


Silverberg ND, Otamendi T, Panenka WJ, Archambault P, Babul S, MacLellan A, Li LC, Canadian TBI Research Consortium. (2020). De-implementing prolonged rest advice for concussion in primary care settings: a pilot stepped wedge cluster randomized trial. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Epub ahead of print. LINK


Turcotte K, Lubega SK, Pawer S, Babul S. (2020). Concussion awareness and education among sports resource providers in Uganda: Piloting the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT). Ann Sports Med Res. 7(5):1161-1167. LINK










Webinar series


We will be postponing our November webinar until 2021. Watch this newsletter or visit our website for updates on upcoming sessions.



Holiday safety


Although this holiday season will likely look different, we want to remind you of your risk of injury at home.


Share our blog post with your family and friends.



Social media activity


In October, we ran an awareness campaign on concussion recognition and response.


November is Fall Prevention Month. Look for messaging through our Finding Balance BC Facebook and Twitter accounts.



Seniors' Fall Prevention course


There is a new Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL) e-learning course available for home care aides and other home health care providers.

This new course starts February 12, 2021 as an online, University of Victoria certification course that meets Accreditation Canada fall prevention standards.


Learn more about this course.



Recording: Health and resilience in kids


In October, Dr. Mariana Brussoni participated in a webinar on health and resilience in kids during COVID-19.

Watch the recording online.



Recording: Advancing Early Childhood Education Outdoors Now


Dr. Brussoni hosted a three-part online roundtable series titled, “Advancing Early Childhood Education Outdoors Now" through the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.


Watch the recording online.



What we're reading



Workplace cannabis use and perceptions among Canadian workers LINK



Concussions in dancers and other performing artists LINK (mentions CATT)


Hospital ER visits by children down 70% during pandemic peak in BC LINK


Canadian ER visits dropped by half during 1st wave of pandemic, national data shows LINK


Communicating through a crisis LINK


Democratic Health Communications during COVID-19: A RAPID Response LINK



Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan, 7th Edition LINK


Fall Prevention

The brain-body connection for falls prevention among seniors LINK


Farm Injuries

Editorial: Too many kids still dying on farms LINK


Mental Health

8% of school-age children have thought about or attempted suicide LINK


Online supports for COVID-19 stress are there—but Canadians aren’t accessing them LINK


Outdoor Play

Thrive Outside LINK


Road Safety

State-of-the-art review: preventing child and youth pedestrian motor vehicle collisions: Critical issues and future directions LINK


Pedestrian safety, a never-ending problem LINK


POLL: School zone traffic safety has not improved, parents report LINK


Winter Safety

BC avalanche survivors urge skiers to take responsibility for their own safety LINK



CHIRPP database


CHIRPP is a self-reporting injury surveillance system run by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Through the collection of data from patients/parents in the Emergency Department, CHIRPP provides a current picture of injury occurrence and helps establish priorities for research and intervention. BC Children's Hospital data is accessible from CHIRPP Coordinator Atousa Zargaran.



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