Future NHL stars studying dangers of concussions in Grade 9
For decades, schools across North America have taught about public-health issues such as the dangers of tobacco and drug abuse. But this academic year in one large Ontario school district, students are learning about a newly identified public health concern: concussions.
Last month, the Halton District School Board, west of Toronto, started immersing its more than 4,000 Grade 9 students in a detailed course on concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. District schools are also teaching modified versions of the curriculum to some students in Grades 3 and 6. It is believed to be the first course of its kind to be taught across an entire school district in Canada or the United States.