Sports and Recreation

Sports and recreation activities are so good for you! There are many benefits for your body and mind for people of all ages. With any recreational activities, injuries can occur, and sometimes these injuries can be serious. The good news? More than 90% of injuries are predictable and preventable.

BBQ Safety

Barbecuing is a wonderful way to bring friends and family together. However, it’s important to keep safety in mind while firing up the grill. For more information on how to be safe while barbecuing, click on the resource below.

BBQ Safety Pamphlet

Sport related brain injuries

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has data showing a significant increase in the number of emergency department (ED) visits for sport-related brain injuries in Ontario and Alberta.

The data from CIHI for 2014 to 2015 indicates 94 per cent of ED visits for sport-related brain injuries in the two provinces were concussion related, including a higher number of visits among younger age groups. A similar trend has also been identified in New Brunswick. Provincial data shows a 70 per cent increase in the number of sport-related head injury cases were assessed in an ED from 2011 to 2015. The top five sports in NB that sent the largest number of patients to the ED for head injuries were hockey, rugby, football, soccer and cycling.

The NB Trauma Program and our partners have put an emphasis on increasing the public’s knowledge about concussions. A concussion is a brain injury which can be caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body which causes a sudden jarring of the head. Some common concussion symptoms include general confusion, headaches, dizziness and poor balance. Anyone with a suspected concussion should stop all physical activity right away and be assessed by a health care professional as soon as possible. Over 90 per cent of people diagnosed with a concussion in the ED will not require hospitalization. A health care provider will provide medical advice concerning the mental and physical rest needed before beginning any efforts to return to school, work or play.


Helmet Use

A properly fitted and correctly worn helmet reduces the risk of serious head injury by up to 85 per cent. A helmet does not prevent a concussion; however they are very effective against certain head injuries such as skull fractures. The NB Trauma Program encourages everyone to learn more about ways to protect your brain and play safe when engaged in sports and recreational activities. Whether you are a concerned parent, a young New Brunswicker or a coach, we all have a role to play in injury prevention.

Winter Safety

The winter is an excellent opportunity to get outside and engage in different recreational activities. We encourage kids, teens and adults to get outside and stay active! Remember though, the added cold and ice can increase risk in outdoor activities.

Every winter, the accumulation of ice and hard packed snow increases every New Brunswicker’s risk of slips and falls when walking outdoors. According to our Trauma Registry :

  • Falls are the leading cause of injury in New Brunswick
  • Every year, over 1000 people are seen in an Emergency Department after a fall due to icy surfaces.
  • There has been a 40% increase in the number of hospital visits due to slips and falls on ice since 2014.

The good news is that simple steps can be taken to reduce your risk of falls, such as:

  • Avoiding carrying heavy loads which may cause you to lose your balance
  • Wearing boots with a thick, non-slip tread to help maintain your footing on slippery surfaces
  • Using appropriate walking aids as needed
  • Following the advice from the experts – WALK LIKE A PENGUIN!

The penguin is one animal that has mastered the winter walk. We recommend that you follow their lead to learn how to avoid a fall and possible injuries when walking on icy surfaces. For more information about how to “Walk Like A Penguin”, please click on the links below:

Want some tips for how to talk to your kids about playing outside safely in the winter? Check out this presentation!

Thinking about doing some snowmobiling in the winter? Remember that riding a snowmobile comes with inherent risks that can only be controlled by the operators of the snowmobile.

We encourage everyone to become Safe Riders by learning more about safe snowmobiling.  For more information about snowmobile safety and rider responsibility, please visit the NB Federation of Snowmobile Clubs website.


ATV safety

ATV’s can be used in many types of off-road conditions. You can look forwards to lots of fun and excitement, but ATVs can also be very dangerous. The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicles Distributors Council has prepared Tips for the ATV Rider which provides the information needed to help increase their knowledge of the operation and recreational use of these types of off-road vehicles. The material contained in this brochure includes:

  • Necessary steps of a pre-ride ATV inspection
  • Required protective gear while riding
  • Tips on how to read the terrain
  • Tips on safe riding practices


Sports and Recreation Injury Prevention Dates

  • March 12-18, 2018 – Brain Awareness Week
  • April 2018 – Distracted Driving Awareness Month
  • April 7, 2018 – World Health Day
  • May 1-7, 2018 – National Summer Safety Week
  • May 15-21, 2018 – National Road Safety Week
  • May 19-25, 2018 – National Safe Boating Week
  • June 2018– Brain Injury Awareness Month
  • June 2-9, 2018 – National Water Safety Week
  • June 3-12, 2018 – Canadian ATV Safety Week
  • June 5-11, 2018 – National Safe Kids Week
  • July 5, 2018 – National Injury Prevention Day
  • July 16-22, 2018– National Drowning Prevention Week
  • October 17 -23, 2018 – National School Safety Week
  • October 21-27, 2018 – National Teen Driver Safety Week
  • November 6-12, 2018 – National Senior Safety Week
  • November 2018 – Senior Falls Prevention Month
  • November 15, 2018 – National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims
  • December 1-7, 2018 – National Safe Driving Week

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