17,000+ sport-related brain injuries seen in Ontario and Alberta EDs in 2016–2017

Over the last 5 years the number of emergency department (ED) visits for sport-related brain injuries in Ontario and Alberta has increased by 28%

The increase has been highest in the younger age group

  • 50%  age 0–9

2016–2017 Of all brain injuries seen in Ontario and Alberta EDs, slightly more than a quarter were sport-related 26% 

Sport-related brain injuries

  • Majority concussion-related 94%
  • More males 60%  than females 40%
  • Highest proportion of injuries among 10- to 14-year-olds 29%

Top sporting activities associated with brain injuries

Numbers for hockey were almost double those for each of cycling, football/rugby and ski/snowboard