Damar Hamlin’s injury during Monday night’s NFL game may have been caused by commotio cordis — a blunt force injury to the heart. Hamlin was resuscitated on the field, but commotio cordis is often fatal. Fortunately it’s rare, but it most often affects young athletes, with an average age of 13. That’s why prevention is so important.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Grant James Dickey, Haojie Mao, Kewei Bian and Sakib Ul Islam of Western University discuss what commotio cordis is, how it occurs and, most importantly, what researchers are doing to help prevent it.

They write, “Recent events may increase awareness of this rare but serious injury, and help promote improvements in protective equipment in many sports.”

Also today:

Patricia Nicholson

Health + Medicine Editor

NFL player Damar Hamlin’s injury during a game on Jan. 2 may have been a heart injury called commotio cordis. Researchers are working on ways to prevent this rare but often fatal sports injury. (AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel)

Damar Hamlin injury: Was it commotio cordis? How to prevent a potentially fatal blow to the heart in young athletes

Grant James Dickey, Western University; Haojie Mao, Western University; Kewei Bian, Western University; Sakib Ul Islam, Western University

Commotio cordis is the result of blunt trauma to the heart, and is one of the leading causes of sudden cardiac death in youth sports. Improvements in protective equipment may help prevent it.

Women display a poster during a rally against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims outside the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

By helping Rohingya women, Canada can do the right thing and demonstrate global leadership

Deeplina Banerjee, Western University

Canada’s new Indo-Pacific strategy must include providing assistance to Rohingya women who have suffered sexual violence.

A new law will erode public oversight into police misconduct. In this July 2021 photo, police are seen clearing a homeless encampment in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Changing how police complaints are handled in Ontario violates the public trust

Monika Lemke, York University, Canada

Upcoming changes to how complaints against Ontario police officers are processed will make it even harder to monitor human rights violations by police.

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How the philosophy of the past can help us imagine the economy of the future

Johannes Steizinger, McMaster University; Helen McCabe, University of Nottingham; Thimo Heisenberg, Bryn Mawr College

Psychological and social perspectives on economy that were developed by 19th-century philosophers can help us re-imagine economics with a human face.

La Conversation Canada

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Greffe de matières fécales : on vous explique ce que c’est et à quoi ça sert

Raúl Rivas González, Universidad de Salamanca

Le transfert de microorganismes vivants de donneurs sains à des patients malades comporte certains risques.


Environment + Energy