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Tame playgrounds aren’t moving children, expert says

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Overly safe playgrounds aren’t challenging enough for children’s bodies or minds, says a pediatrics professor at the University of B.C. — and they’re no fun, either. Developmental psychologist Mariana Brussoni says hovering parents and nervous school administrators have created a generation of boring playgrounds. The result: anxious, unfit young adults. “Kids born in the ’90s are now adults, so we do have evidence that their anxiety and depression levels are…

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Let kids be kids!

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SUN NEWS: Feb. 6, 2014 Dr. Mariana Brussoni, academic scientist at BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit and Assistant Professor at UBC, spoke to SUN News Vancouver about the issue of children and taking risks during play in conjunction with a news report on New Zealand’s success in eliminating playground bullying. View the video »

Concussion sufferers need mental break

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GLOBAL NEWS: Jan. 6, 2014 A new study suggests people who suffer a concussion need more than a break from sports, and also need a mental break in order to recover fully. Researchers found it took an average of 100 days for student athletes to get over a concussion if they kept up with all of their school work. In contrast, those who cut back on homework and online activity…

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News Release: Injuries Cost BC $2.8 billion

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A new report reveals the true cost of injuries in British Columbia VANCOUVER, B.C. (August 18, 2009) – Preventable injuries cost every man, woman and child in British Columbia $665 every year – more than the national average – according to The Economic Burden of Injury in Canada, a new report released today by SMARTRISK. The in-depth national report, which reviewed figures from 2004, found that preventable injuries cost British…

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In the news: Safety warning issued for 260,000 infant car seats

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Transport Canada says there are potential safety issues with Designer 22 infant car seats. The seats are sold under the brand names of Cosco, Eddie Bauer, Safety 1st and Quinny. Transport Canada says the seat meets the mandatory safety standards, but testing beyond existing standards has shown that the seat may separate from its base or the base may crack during a severe frontal collision. To avoid the possibility of…

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