Rand Starkman, Sports Writer
Mr. Starkman is the fifth person to be so honoured and the first sportswriter to receive this prestigious award which includes a $10,000 prize.
He is being recognized for his extensive work in educating the public on the existence and problems surrounding catastrophic injuries in sports. The award will be presented at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday October 17 at 11:00 A.M. Continue reading
Spinal Cord Injuries Declining
Due to the financial support of the Fund and the efforts of others toward prevention, statistics now show that the incidence of broken necks in Canadian hockey is on the decline. 65 hockey players in Canada have suffered broken necks confining them to lives in wheel chairs. The number peaked to four per year in the 1980’s, dropped to 2 per year in the 1990’s, and now averages one per year, still too many.
Several well-known professionals and many amateur athletes have suffered career ending concussions. In conjunction with the Canadian Hockey Association, the Fund has initiated a nationwide Concussion Awareness, Prevention and Management Program. This has included providing over 400,000 informational brochures to associations, coaches, trainers and players. A laminated concussion awareness card is being given to all attendees at the Canadian Hockey Safety Program and to attendees at the 2002-2003 Hockey Trainers Certification Program.
A new video, SMART HOCKEY, MORE SAFETY, MORE FUN!, has been produced by Think First Foundation of Canada, with some support from the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund. This video focuses primarily on Smart Hockey Tips showing how to avoid getting or causing head and spinal cord injuries. Appearing in the video are current and former NHL hockey stars including Mats Sundin, Mark Messier, amd Key Dryden. Following airing on TSN, more than 30,000 copies have now been made available through the Canadian Hockey Association to coaches, trainers and players and through Think First Foundation of Canada.
Kevin Stubbington, Volunteer
Kevin Stubbington, 56, a Windsor minor hockey coach and former referee-in-chief, came up with the idea of putting the familiar hexagonal STOP sign on the back of hockey sweaters.
The idea was to remind players while they are on the ice not to check from behind because such checks had proven to be a primary cause of some paralyzing spinal cord injuries. He introduced his idea in Windsor in 1996 and now STOP signs can be seen on hockey sweaters across Canada and beyond. Kevin says STOP stands for “Safety Towards Other Players”. Continue reading
Dr. Mark Aubry
Dr. Aubry, a sports medicine specialist based in Ottawa and Gatineau , has contributed to the research of spinal cord injuries and concussions not only in Canada , but internationally. He has been the chief medical officer for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) since 1998 and Hockey Canada since 2004. Dr. Aubry is also a member of International Olympic Medical Commission.
In addition to having served on medical staffs for Canadian national and Olympic teams, he is currently a team physician for the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators, the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s and the Ottawa Lynx triple-A baseball club.
More information about Dr. Aubry, his research, and opinions on sport safety