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Connections: Winter Edition

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   January 29, 2019 19:10

 The latest edition of Connections is here!






It features a report from the 2018 Fall Retreat
More photos from the events can be on our Facebook Page. 

BrainLove is on page 3-4.

The Programs can be found on page 5 and information about the Spring Retreat can found on Pages 6 and 7.

Keep warm!






Download the full issue: Winter 2019 - WINTER LAYOUT.pdf (2.48 mb)



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Caleb Moore dies after Accident at X-Games

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   February 5, 2013 15:28

Caleb Moore was a Texas kid drawn to the snow, rehearsing complicated tricks on a snowmobile into a foam pit back home until they became second nature and ready for the mountains.

With his younger brother following along and constantly pushing him, Moore became a rising talent in action sports.

The innovative freestyle snowmobile rider, who was hurt in a crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died Thursday morning. He was 25.

Moore had been undergoing care at a hospital in Grand Junction since the Jan. 24 crash. Family spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson confirmed his death, the first in the 18-year history of the X Games.

“He lived his life to the fullest. He was an inspiration,” Lawson said.

AA former all-terrain vehicle racer, Moore switched over to snowmobiles as a teenager and quickly rose to the top of the sport. He won four Winter X Games medals, including a bronze last season when his younger brother, Colten, captured gold.

Caleb Moore was attempting a backflip in the freestyle event in Aspen last week when the skis on his 450-pound snowmobile caught the lip of the landing area, sending him flying over the handlebars. Moore landed face first into the snow with his snowmobile rolling over him.

Moore stayed down for quite some time, before walking off with help and going to a hospital to be treated for a concussion. Moore developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to a hospital in Grand Junction for surgery. The family later said that Moore, of Krum, Texas, also had a complication involving his brain.

Colten Moore was injured in a separate crash that same night. He suffered a separated pelvis in the spill.

The family said in a statement they were grateful for all the prayers and support they have received from people around the world.

X Games officials expressed their condolences and said Moore, a four-time X Games medallist, would be remembered “for his natural passion for life and his deep love for his family and friends.”

The Twitter accounts of many athletes from a wide range of sports expressed their sympathy Thursday:

·      New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow: “So sad to hear about the passing of snowmobiler Caleb Moore. My prayers go out to his younger brother Colten & their entire family.”

·      Freestyle skier Kaya Turski: “The spirit of Caleb Moore will be floating among us forever. RIP.”

·      Surfer Kelly Slater: “Tragic. Don’t even know what to say.”

·      Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler: “Our world has lost another bright light. Sending my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Caleb Moore.”

·      Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria, who made a visit to Winter X last weekend: “Tragic day for the family of Caleb Moore. Our deepest sympathies go out to all who he influenced and touched. RIP.”

·      Motorsports standout Travis Pastrana: “So sad to hear about Caleb Moore. My condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

·      NASCAR driver Austin Dillon: “Just heard about Caleb Moore. I don’t know what to say other than I’m praying for his family and friends. He was a true Action Sports Hero.”

B.C. Vaught, Caleb Moore’s agent for almost a decade, said he first saw Moore when he was racing an ATV in Minnesota and signed him up to star in some action sports movies.

Later, Moore wanted to make the switch from ATVs to snowmobiles and Vaught helped him. A natural talent, it only took Moore two weeks to master a difficult backflip.

Moore honed his skills in Krum, a town about 5,000 people 50 miles northwest of Dallas that rarely sees snow. Instead, he worked on tricks by launching his sled into a foam pit. After a brief training run on snow ramps in Michigan, he was ready for his sport’s biggest stage — the 2010 Winter X Games.

In that contest, Moore captured a bronze in freestyle and finished sixth in best trick. Two years later, his biography on ESPN said, “Caleb Moore has gone from ‘beginner’s luck’ to ‘serious threat.”’

That was hardly a surprise to Vaught, who said, “Whatever he wanted to do, he did it.”

In that contest, Moore captured a bronze in freestyle and finished sixth in best trick. Two years later, his biography on ESPN said, “Caleb Moore has gone from ‘beginner’s luck’ to ‘serious threat.”’

Vaught said Moore didn’t believe his sport was too extreme, but rather “it was a lifestyle.” He was good at it — along with ATV racing — as he accumulated a garage full of trophies.

Still, Moore’s death is sure to ignite the debate over safety of the discipline. Whether action sports are too dangerous is an issue that’s been raised before.

When freestyle skier Sarah Burke died in a training accident a little more than a year ago in Park City, Utah, there were questions about the halfpipe. Before that, the sport was examined when snowboarder Kevin Pearce suffered a severe brain injury in a fall in the same pipe as Burke two years earlier. Pearce has recovered and served as an analyst at Winter X.

But in general, the athletes accept the risks and defend their disciplines.

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“I just look at it like this: Yes, we’re in a dangerous sport,” fellow snowmobile rider Levi LaVallee said. “Anytime you’re doing a backflip on anything, it’s dangerous. But we’re training to do this. This is what we practice, what we do day in and day out. We’re comfortable with doing this stuff.”

LaVallee recently described Moore as a “fierce competitor.”

“A very creative mind,” LaVallee said. “I’ve watched him try some crazy, crazy tricks and some of them were successful, some of them not so much. But he was first guy to get back on a sled and go try it again. It shows a lot of heart.”

X Games officials said in a statement that they would conduct a thorough review of freestyle snowmobiling events and adopt any appropriate changes.

“For 18 years, we have worked closely on safety issues with athletes, course designers and other experts. Still, when the world’s best compete at the highest level in any sport, risks remain,” they said, noting that Moore was hurt performing a move he had done several times before.


This article is via the National Post.

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Head Protection in Winter Sports

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   January 2, 2012 09:43

As my family prepares to hit the slopes this ski season, one of the foremost safety issues on my mind is proper head protection.

My kids were chuckling recently as I rooted through garage boxes fishing out ski helmets and helping them try them on for a fit check. I’ll admit, I’m something of a safety geek, but when it comes to prevention of head injuries, there are some things we should all practice.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injury accounts for a significant percentage of sports-and-recreation- related injury.

The majority of such injuries happen to children younger than 18. Moreover in the last decade, traumatic brain injury-related emergency room visits have increased 57 percent.

While many factors may account for this apparent increase in head injuries, it is clear that children are at substantial risk from a common and preventable health condition.

Winter sports often involve speed and ice – two factors associated with trauma. Head injuries may result from skiing, sledding, tubing, skating, snowboarding or hockey.

The most important safety measure to reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury is use of a protective helmet. Helmets worn should be approved for the activity and properly fitted.

The helmet should be well-maintained, consistently worn during the sport or recreational activity and properly worn. It is wise to ensure a good fit each season to account for a child’s growth. Chin straps should always remain fastened during the activity and should promote a snug fit.

Even helmet use does not provide absolute protection from head injury. Further preventive measures need to be taken including enforcement of a no-head-hit policy in competitive activities and the practice of safe recreational and sports-related techniques and behaviors to minimize the risk of injury.

During activities such as skiing or snowboarding, it is important to stay in control and keep an eye out for others to avoid collision. Keeping a safe distance from others on the slopes, as well as from obstacles such as trees, especially in narrow conditions, will enhance safety.

Traumatic brain injury is more commonly known as concussion. Because many recreational winter activities involve the risk of concussion, the CDC recommends that parents and coaches become familiar with a simple four-step action plan to follow if a head injury occurs.

After a bump or blow to the head, the child should stop the sport or activity. Next, after the head injury, the child should undergo evaluation by a trained health-care professional.

The third step for coaches is to inform the parent or child care-giver that a head injury has occurred so that the child may be properly monitored. Lastly, the child should not resume the sport or activity until he is symptom-free and cleared by the health professional.

Taking simple preventive measures for head trauma and appropriate precautions when it occurs will minimize the risk of adverse consequences from this common form of injury.

Article from The Durango Herald

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Warning if you are Hitting the Slopes this Winter

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   December 30, 2011 09:00

Jason Byrd, a brain injury attorney based out of Houston, TX, wants to caution those taking ski and snowboarding vacations in the coming months. He wishes to draw attention to the very real risk of brain injury on the slopes.

“I think people have this misconception that since they’re dealing with snow, they don’t have to worry because their fall will be padded. But that simply is not true,” Jason Byrd informs. “When you hit your head on that packed down snow, you may as well be falling off your skateboard or bicycle on a paved road.”

Pointing to the CPSC study performed by a government agency way back in 1999, the brain injury attorney draws attention to the fact that an estimated seven thousand head injuries occur on the slopes each year.

He goes on to clarify that “I’m not saying stay away from the slopes. I’m saying be smart about it. Wear a helmet!”

It is a timely message meant to keep holiday skiers from ruining their vacations and needing a brain injury attorney.

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