On January 30, 2015, I will be attending the annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference hosted by the University Health Network (UHN) Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.
This is a great event for anyone who encounters traumatic brain injury (TBI) through their work, including a wide variety of healthcare practitioners, brain injury specialists, researchers, and other related professionals.
Having represented many clients suffering from TBI, I recognize the importance of understanding this often overlooked subject. This conference provides a crucial forum for collaboration and knowledge-sharing among healthcare professionals – as well as other professionals like me.
The keynote speaker at the conference is Kevin Pearce, a former professional snowboarder who suffered a severe TBI in December 2009 while training for the Olympic trials. He is now an inspirational speaker and a major advocate for brain injury prevention. It will be a privilege to hear him talk about his experiences and give his first-hand account of brain injury.
Kevin is also the co-founder of LoveYourBrain, an organization dedicated to brain injury education, prevention, and recovery.
Below is a brief video about Kevin’s journey from his accident to his philanthropic activities today.
I encourage you to visit the LoveYourBrain website, at loveyourbrain.org. The organization offers LoveYourBrain (LYB) yoga and LYB camps for TBI survivors. They are currently developing an educational curriculum to help people with TBI, as well.
Brain injury, often referred to as the “invisible disability”, is more prevalent than many people assume. Even a concussion – a common injury that is regularly dismissed as “just a concussion” – is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), which can have long-term consequences in some cases.
I firmly believe in the importance of attending conferences like the 2015 Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, as well as supporting the work LoveYourBrain and other brain health organizations are doing to promote brain injury awareness, prevention, and recovery.
For another resource on brain injury, visit the Ontario Brain Injury Association’s website, obia.ca.
I also encourage you to watch my video series about mild traumatic brain injuries. Click here to access the videos.
>> Roger R. Foisy is an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Ontario who has helped clients with brain injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury, please contact us today for immediate support and a free consultation.
*Roger R. Foisy has completed courses in Neurorehabilitation, Advanced Brain Injury Rehabilitation, and Understanding Neuropsychological Testing from Brock University. However, he is not a medical professional. The advice in this blog is not intended as a substitute for medical advice.
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