WINNIPEG – What kind of injuries are sending us to the emergency room?
New data released today from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows falling down and car accidents are the two leading causes.
But it also shows that in the past five years, visits for concussions have been on the rise.
CIHI’s Agnita Pal says the increase may not be because we’re getting more concussions.
“It may just be a result of greater public awareness about concussions and the importance of seeking medical attention.”
uWinnipeg athletic therapist Glen Bergeron agrees, but would also like to see more preventative measures.
“Most of these concussions are happening because of blows of the head, and most of them are being inflicted on somebody by someone else. It really comes back down, I think, to the whole notion of respect for your opponent.”
Hockey was by far Canada’s biggest concussion-causer, followed by cycling and football.
The report also showed that Manitoba is seeing a bigger spike than any other province when it comes to cyclists winding up in hospital.
Nearly 220 cyclists ended up in ER between 2014 and 2015 because of being hit by cars.
Bike Winnipeg’s Mark Cohoe says the big problem remains our lack of safe bike lanes.
“When you look at Ontario and BC, even though they’re increasing the number of people that are out there biking, they’re not seeing an increase in the number of injuries. Part of that is really the amount of infrastructure and the money that they’re investing into the infrastructure.”
He says more driver education is also key, but admits about half the collisions are the fault of the cyclist themselves.