Letter From the Chair

Letter from the Chair – Bill Pashby

December 2, 2016

Hello Friends

The Directors of the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund thank everyone who continues to support our mission of reducing catastrophic injury in sports and recreation.  Through your participation in fund raising dinners and golf tournaments, as well as generous donations, we have granted in excess of one million dollars to worthy projects consistent with our mission.  Our Founding Chair, Dr. Tom Pashby, would be amazed.

Because of your participation over the years we have awarded funds to a wide array of projects, at both national and local community levels and including a variety of sports.  These have involved:

  • Public education and awareness of sports injuries
  • Research into causes of sports injuries
  • Development of injury prevention programs
  • Research into improving safety equipment
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of safety initiatives
  • Provision of safety equipment
  • Recognition of those who have made a major contribution to sports safety.

Some examples of grants:

  • Bicycle Safety Promotion Programs
  • Hockey Spine & Head Injury Survey
  • Sports Medicine Conference Speakers
  • Concussion Awareness, Prevention and Management Seminars
  • Supplying Hockey and Bicycle Helmets to Disadvantaged Youth
  • Safe Diving Video
  • Head Injury Prevention Programs
  • Snow Board Injury Study
  • Trampoline injuries research
  • Mechanisms Leading to Concussion
  • Tracking head injuries in sports.

In the New Year, we anticipate announcing an exciting new legacy project.

Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season.

A reminder that we provide tax receipts for donations and that we have virtually no fundraising expenses.

Bill Pashby, Chair


Never allow a player in any sport to return to a game or practice if that player has sustained a concussion or brain injury – medical clearance prior to return to play is recommended.

When riding an ATV, wear a helmet up to the standard recommended for motorcycles – helmet use could reduce the risk of non-fatal head injuries by 64% and death by 42%.  We strongly recommend safety training for all drivers regardless of age.

Always wear an approved skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing helmet to minimize the chance of head injury – the Canadian Standards Association says that wearing one can reduce the risk of head injury by 60%.

Never check another hockey player from behind nor to the head, and avoid fighting – it could cause a serious head or spinal cord injury.

When tobogganing choose a hill that is hazard-free, has a safe stopping distance and on which you can control your speed – although fun and popular there are risks when tobogganing.

Certified eye protection should be worn when playing any racquet sport – a squash ball or badminton bird can cause a serious eye injury.

When golfing remember to protect yourself when you hear “fore”, and call “fore” if your ball is heading towards others – a golf ball can travel 240 kilometres per hour and can impact with deadly force.

When cycling always wear a certified helmet that has been properly fitted and be aware of road hazards and traffic – cyclists not wearing a helmet are three times more likely to die of a head injury than those who wear the headgear.

When skateboarding always wear a properly fitted CSA-approved helmet designed specifically for skateboarding – falls are common, but with proper training and protective gear most injuries are preventable.

Always wear your lifejacket or PFD when boating – boating is the activity leading to the most drownings in Canada.

Do not run or jog when it is dark – if you run or jog at dusk or dawn, wear reflective material and don’t wear a headset.

Supervise children closely around any body of water – even 5 centimetres of water can be a drowning hazard for young children.

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