If you are someone who was physically active before sustaining a spinal cord injury (SCI), or if you’re an SCI survivor who just wants to try something new, we have good news: There are a number of physical activities and exercises that you can still do with a spinal cord injury.
The Spinal Cord Information Network determined there are about 11,000 cases of spinal cord injuries happening every year in the United States. Injury in the spinal cord is one of the most dangerous threats to an individual’s life depending on the location and completeness of the injury.
Football has seen a lot of criticism over the years for its contribution to a perceived growing number of traumatic brain injuries among the players. As a contact sport, the entirety of the player’s body is at risk of injury. In particular, the head and brain can suffer life-changing and irreparable damage from collisions with other players.
Various contact sports have recently been gaining press coverage for their contribution to brain injury figures in both adults and children. Football and hockey have both been involved in contentious debates as to their level of risk for players, however a recent study has found that neither of these sports is the top cause of sports-related brain injuries.
The start of summer signifies vacation time; a break from school or work, and time for fun in the sun. Although it may not always be top of mind, remembering how to remain responsible and safe is still important, and is going to make sure you spend as much time as you can in a safe situation and truly enjoy your summer!
There are opposing views on whether the number of head injuries seen in youth sport leagues are acceptable when it’s our children’s safety at risk. After all, football is a contact sport and is renowned for its dangerous nature.
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