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Injury Prevention Resources for Secondary Educators

Risk taking is inherent in the teen years. Educators can teach youth the importance of taking smart risks by following five simple, positive choices: Buckle Up, Look First, Wear the Gear, Get Trained and Drive Sober. Teenagers are more likely to act impulsively and on instinct when faced with stressful or emotional decisions resulting in risky behaviour. Teens may not fully appreciate the immediate consequences of their actions. Educators play a key role in healthy student development.

  • Ontario Road Safety Resource – For Grades 9 to 12. This website houses Ontario’s road safety education resource developed in partnership between the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association. Search these resources by grade level or topic to find division level information, cross-curricular lesson plans, and community engagement toolkits.

  • Ophea: H&PE Secondary Resources are available to support secondary educators with implementation of the Health and Physical Education curriculum for Grades 9 to 12.
  • The High Way Home - is an interactive website that takes an experiential learning approach to mobilizing knowledge. Its purpose is to increase the awareness of youth and young drivers with the risks and harms associated with drug-impaired driving. The site guides users through real-life scenarios where they must make decisions about cannabis use and driving.
  • Parachute Canada Safety Programs – Parachute offers many programs designed to raise awareness of safety risk to reduce injury in youth.

  • Ophea Safety Guidelines: Concussion Protocols – These concussion protocols are available for free to schools in Ontario. They include three modules with curricular, interschool and intermural guidelines.
  • Parachute Canada Concussion Resources – This includes information about concussions and concussion guidelines.
  • Ophea Safety Guidelines – This online resource outlines the minimum standards for risk management and outlines the safe practices for activities in schools, in order to minimize the element of risk. Useful tool for teachers, intramural supervisors, and coaches.
  • Cycling Skills – resources include information for young cyclists about bicycle equipment, riding tips, and the rules of the road. Students can review this information on their own or as part of a classroom assignment.

Please visit the HealthSTATS section of the health unit for data on injuries and prevention.

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