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BrainLove Launch!

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   January 27, 2014 10:27

The BrainLove Campaign is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association and the Saskatchewan Royal Purple Association to raise awareness about brain injuries, encourage brain health, and raise funds for ongoing education and prevention programs, as well as support for brain injury survivors and their families.

For Brain Awareness Month in March, we will be collecting donations at your local businesses - a $1 donation can be added to your bill and in return you will receive a BrainLove sticker!

 

You will be able to donate $1 at participating businesses beginning March 3, 2014. 

    
 

 

2014 Brain Blitz Speaker - Matt Dunigan

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   December 19, 2013 10:00

CFL All-Star Matt Dunigan - Special Guest at Brain Injury Prevention Gala

For Immediate Release

Saskatoon – The 2014 BHP Billiton Brain Blitz presented by WorkSafe Saskatchewan takes place Saturday, May 3 at TCU Place in Saskatoon, featuring legendary quarterback and Analyst for the CFL on TSN, Matt Dunigan.  The Brain Blitz Gala is the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association’s (SBIA) largest annual fundraiser.

In 2006, Dunigan received the League’s highest honour with his induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as well as being named as one of the TSN Top 50 CFL Players of the modern era. 

A three-time CFL All-Star and five-time divisional All-Star, Dunigan won two Grey Cups – 1987 with the Edmonton Eskimos and 1991 with the Toronto Argonauts. Following a successful college career at Louisiana Tech, Dunigan played with six CFL teams throughout his professional career: Edmonton Eskimos, B.C. Lions, Toronto Argonauts, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Birmingham Barracudas, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Dunigan still holds the CFL record for total yards in a single game with 713 yards. 

In an interview style format, Dunigan will share stories about his life and his football career.

"Life is full of choices - to speak or to listen, to encourage or to dishearten, to play or to watch, to love or to hate. I have chosen to speak, encourage, play and to love in the wonderful city of Saskatoon!” said Matt Dunigan, “I’m looking forward to being teammates with the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association and making a difference in the world of sport.”

BHP Billiton is once again the title sponsor for the Brain Blitz.  "At BHP Billiton, safety is a core value, which means it is at the centre of everything we do both at work and at home. We take great care to ensure that our employees go home safely to their families every day, and that they are provided with tools and knowledge to help them lead safe lives outside of work.” said Chris Ryder, Vice President Corporate Affairs at BHP Billiton Canada Inc. "The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association plays a key role in extending awareness and educating our communities about the dangers of, and potentially life altering impacts resulting from, acquired brain injury and we are extremely proud to be working with this important organization." 

 

WorkSafe Saskatchewan has become a partner with the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association and is the presenting sponsor of the 2014 BHP Billiton Brain Blitz.  Phil Germain, Vice President, Prevention & Employee Services said, “The impact of an injury to the individual, their families, workplace and community can be devastating, not to mention the strain these preventable injuries place on our health care system.  We are very pleased to support SBIA's efforts to reduce brain injuries and promote awareness and education in Saskatchewan.”   

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For more information and tickets: www.sbia.ca/brain-blitz.aspx

Contact:   Glenda James: (306) 373-1555    Email: info_sbia@sasktel.net

Download Release: Dec 19 - Brain Blitz News Release.pdf (833.32 kb)

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Happy Holidays!

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   December 18, 2013 11:38

Happy Holidays from the Staff and Board of Directors of SBIA - we are very grateful for all our supporters!


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Get Your Melon Helmet Today!!!

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   November 26, 2013 11:31

Here we have a SK Roughrider Melon Helmet being proudly worn during the 101st Grey Cup. The helmet was rubbed for luck throughout the game, and we all know how that ended... in Victory!!!!Melon Helmet at Grey Cup

 

Rubbing this helmet will not produce a genie, but it may win a Grey Cup... and wearing one when playing on wheels will protect your brain!

Give a gift that shows your Rider pride, and keeps on giving - Protection for your loved one and help for SK brain injury survivors!

$100 donation to SK Brain Injury Association will get you this helmet and a $50 charitable receipt.

 

     

Pick-up available in Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, and Prince Albert. Shipping to anywhere Canada at a cost of $30.

Call 306.373.1555 or email info_sbia@sasktel.net to get your helmet today!!!!

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Connections: Holiday 2013

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   November 20, 2013 01:24

We have released our special edition of Connections for the Holidays!

Inside this issue we have:

- A report from the recent Fall Retreat with a few pictures. More photos can be found on our Facebook Page

- Feature interview with our partner, BHP Billiton

- Information about upcoming Holiday Parties across the province

Connections - Holiday 2013.pdf (576.66 kb)

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Connections: Fall 2013

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   September 22, 2013 22:57

The Fall 2013 issue of Connections is now out! Inside you will find a report about the 2013 Brain Boogie with a few photos. As well as information about the fast approaching Fall Retreat. You can register online at www.sbia.ca/fall-retreat.aspx.

Download this issue:

Connections-Fall 2013.pdf (1.02 mb)

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Connections: Summer 2013

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   July 15, 2013 11:25

The latest edition of Connections is ready for you! Inside this issue, you can catch up on past events including reports from the Brain Blitz, Camp, and Brain Injury Awareness Month.

You will also be able to learn about upcoming events, including the Brain Boogie, which is sure to be a blast!

Big shout-out to our Brain Blitz sponsors, and our long-term partners. They are featured on Page 7 of the newsletter. Without them our prevention and education work would not be possible. 

Download the full newsletter

Connections- Summer 2013.pdf (2.64 mb)

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From CBC: Brutal Attack in Hockey in B.C.

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   June 17, 2013 18:33

Here is an article about an incident in BC - it again showcases the need to install respect for not only your own brain and health, but you need to respect other players, as well. Much of the behaviour mentioned in the article is unnecessary and shouldn't be taken lightly.

Click for the CBC Article

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Connections: June 2013

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   June 4, 2013 14:53

Check out our June 2013 e-newsletter!

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Concussions: Life or Death

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   May 27, 2013 11:05

Head Injury Game-Changer for Star Football Player

Story by: Joelle Tomlinson

 

Katie Miyazaki is all too familiar with what being hit in the head feels like. It’s not pleasant, it’s a danger in sports and it can have lasting consequences.

“Diagnosed concussions? I’ve had five that put me out for a few weeks each time,” said Miyazaki, all-star alumni of the University of Saskatchewan women’s basketball team and a former Valkyries football player. “The first one I got was when I was 12 and playing hockey. I ran into a girl. I got up, saw stars and had no idea what was happening, so I just kept playing. The next was one was about two years later in net, the third one was playing dodge ball in physical education.  I got blindsided by a ball . . . and the list goes on.”

Miyazaki almost always kept playing after the constant hits to the head. She has experienced headaches, dizziness and nausea, and only stopped playing tackle football last year after her worst concussion ever.

“This last one was in our Prairie Conference final against Regina, and I knew exactly where the hit was, and that I most likely had a concussion, but I just didn’t want to come out of the game. So I kept playing and I got hit again later in the same game,” said Miyazaki. “I was pretty sure I was concussed, but then the next day I woke up and was like, ‘Oh, I feel good!’ Then, the following day I woke up and I had never felt that sick before. I couldn’t leave my room, everything felt like it was spinning, I was nauseous, but yet part of me still wanted to play that week. If my trainers hadn’t said no, and if my coach hadn’t said no, I would have played, which is a pretty bad idea in retrospect.”

Dropping out of the game wasn’t an easy decision for Miyazaki. A star athlete, Miyazaki led the Huskies to a second-place finish in the CIS championships in 2011 and a sixth-place finish in 2012. After that, she transitioned into football, where she shone as a defensive back with the Valkyries, helping them during undefeated runs to the 2011 and 2012 Western Women’s Canadian Football League championships. Miyazaki also was picked as one of 92 players to attend the training camp for Team Canada. Those selected at the camp will represent Canada at the 2013 women’s world tackle football championships in New Brunswick.

“That’s definitely what hurt the most, and what I cried over the most. I had debated not playing football last summer, but then there was the whole Team Canada thing,” said Miyazaki. “When I found out about Team Canada, that’s what my whole summer was geared toward. I wanted to make it to that camp and make that team for this summer. It bummed me out when I knew I couldn’t play at the first camp, and I thought that dream was over. Then, I was invited to the second camp, and I was still wasn’t quite better by then. It sucks because it feels like you’re giving up on a dream, but at the same time you’re like ‘This is real life. I have a lot of other things.’ As cool as it would be, it’s life or death.”

Sometimes it is death. Last week, 17-year-old Rowan Stringer, a female rugby player in Ottawa, died after receiving a severe head injury in a game. Miyazaki says that lack of awareness is one of the biggest issues for young athletes, parents and coaches in cases like this.

“Athletes, they just want to play. The kids I coach, they always want to play and unless you tell them no, they’re going to keep going,” said Miyazaki. “Now, looking back at it, I think about how dumb it is, but in the heat of the moment you don’t think about it.

“There’s something called second impact syndrome. So if you get hit and you get a concussion— and this is very rare—but if you receive another blow and your head hasn’t fully healed, especially if you’re an adolescent, then you can die because there’s still so much swelling. That’s what happened in Ottawa. They’re saying she didn’t report any of her headaches or symptoms to her parents, but she had told some of her friends. There’s nothing they could really do in that case. It’s very sad.”

Now Miyazaki works to raise this awareness through working with the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association (SBIA). She is part of Take Brain Injury out of Play, a campaign within the association that strives to educate young athletes about the dangers of head injuries.

“We emphasize that if you’re going to respect your own brain, you’ve got to respect the brain of your opponents, too. Part of that is playing by the rules,” said Miyazaki. “My job is to try and promote that program and go out and make people aware of concussions, because I think a lot of people don’t realize how big of an issue it is. They don’t take it as seriously as it needs to be taken because you can’t see it, right?

“You look at someone and they look fine to you. If someone had a broken arm, you would never tell them to get back in the game, but if you look at someone and they just have a headache, people pressure them to get back in the game. This is something we need to stop as peers, coaches and parents.”

Miyazaki knows her football days are likely over. It’s not a guarantee, but neither is life.

“I decided not to play this year because it wasn’t worth it. Some days I still occasionally feel dizzy, which could be the concussions or my neck injury. It’s a hard thing; I know my parents don’t want me to play, and the thing is, they say once you’ve had one you’re so much more susceptible. That’s not good news for me.

“There are so many other things that I want to do in my life that to risk that and have to sit out for months again, just for one sport, isn’t really worth it to me.”

June is National Brain Injury Awareness month and Miyazaki hopes that, with the added education and conversation about head injuries, athletes start to realize the importance of protecting their brains. To learn more about Miyazaki, the SBIA or Take Brain Injury out of Play campaign, email Miyazaki at k.miyazaki@usask.ca or go to the SBIA website at www.sbia.ca.


Story from The Saskatoon Express

 

 

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