Bulkley Valley Brain Injury Association

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NFL and brain injury

Years of lame standards regarding brain injury assessment and return to play protocols means brain injuries for some of the players of "America's Game".

Dr. Bennet Omalu and Will Smith, neurologist and actor

In 2015, Hollywood released "Concussion", a film about Dr. Omalu's long-ignored, long-denied research findings linking NFL play with brain injury.

Help through referrals

We connect our clients with specialized services to meet their needs wherever possible.

Mountain biking and brain injury

A helmet doesn't make a person invincible, but it may lessen brain injury severity. Shred responsibly!

Road biking and brain injury

Road biking means speed and maybe vehicles - ride hard and ride smart.

Emotional support

Call us if you are feeling anxious, depressed, confused or just "not on" - these are common symptoms after a brain injury.

Sledheads and helmets are a good match!

Even moderate speeds can cause brain injuries.

Concussion is a brain injury

A concussion can result from a seemingly insignificant force to the head OR body.

Resources

We don't have quite this many - but we have or can refer you to research and resources.

Skiing and brain injury

Pro athletes are often under pressure to return before concussion symptoms fully resolve.

NHL and brain injury

NHL hockey protocols have improved, but many players still report it looks better on paper than in practice.

Advocacy

Navigating complex systems can be frustrating. We communicate alongside you and with you to ensure clear communication.

Figure skating and brain injury

A violent collision during warm-up at the 2014 China Cup triggered no concussion protocol whatsoever.

Snowboarding and brain injury

Kevin Pearce was an top-ranked American half-pipe rider who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2009. He founded the "Love Your Brain" Foundation and was a 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Honoree.

Prevention and education

We reach out to individuals and community groups around the valley to raise awareness.

Field sports and brain injury

This soccer player got kneed in the head and was sent back out even though he clearly exhibited concussion symptoms.

Motor vehicle accidents and brain injury

Minor fender benders have enough force to cause concussion and/or brain injury.

Adjustment and change

Symptoms are your brain's way of communicating: if you still feel off, you still have an injury.

Going on

Can't rush healing. A lifetime of physical activity is predicated on a sustainable approach.

Location 

Our office is located at Unit 101 – 3827 Broadway Avenue (across the street from the parking lot between Paul's Bakery and the Sausage Factory). Our hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am to 5 pm. We are also open Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.

In exceptional circumstances we can arrange to meet people outside of these times. We also provide phone support, and/or can chat with you via Facebook or email. 

Referrals for client service

BVBIA has distributed referral forms to our health and social service community, but we do not require any paperwork for you to speak with us. We are low barrier and want to meet with you in a way that works for you. You can be referred by a service provider, a family member or friend, or you can self-refer. 

Requests for information or prevention education

We also are happy to speak to people and provide trusted resources on general principles of brain health and brain injury. If you have a question, please ask!

Appointments

It is preferred that you contact us and make an appointment, although this is not necessary. Please note that our front door is always locked, and also note that if you do stop during our open hours and we don't answer, that means we are occupied with a client either in person or on the phone. We ask that you try again!

Confidentiality

BVBIA is a confidential service. Your privacy and security is of the utmost importance. We follow standard industry safeguards for the protecting of personal information.

News & Events

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Hudson Bay Mountain Snow School ROCKS

Proving that they both rip AND are brainy enough to want to learn about concussion - HBMs Snow School crammed into the downtown office to chat about how they can keep themselves and people doing what they love.

Having concussion knowledge in your  back pocket so you can use it is a good thing, because early recognition, a preventative approach, and a solid recovery plan will help everybody heal so the fun times can resume in a good way.

We enjoyed some quality refreshments while:

  • going over the basics of concussion recognition, symptomology and recovery.
  • hearing about what BVBIA sees and hears in the office (protecting the confidentiality of our clients, of course).
  • what we hear and see as community members (because a lot of people talk to us on the street). 
  • learning about what the latest research says.

So kudos to the Snow School head Emily-Anne for making it happen and thanks to the crew for asking such great questions and for understanding that our message is one of empowerment and knowledge. We want everyone to play hard, play smart and love his or her brain!

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Featured Resource

Concussion Awareness Training Tool

These modules were created by a UBC concussion researcher - dig in and learn how you can support yourself and your community to "play hard, play smart, and love your brain".

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