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Injury Prevention

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Fall prevention

Falls are a significant public health issue, being the #1 reason for injury related deaths in Simcoe Muskoka.  

Children fall at home in the early years, then at the playground as they get older.  Playground injuries are a significant cause of emergency room visits. Sport and recreation is associated with more than 1/3 of traumatic brain injury emergency room visits.  Concussions are common with fall injuries. 

Older Adults are at risk of falling.  The risk of having a fall increases with age and with declining health.  Fall related injury requiring hospitalizations increases exponentially with age.  Please visit our healthy ageing pages for information on how to reduce your risk of a fall.


Did you know?

  • A fall is often the incident that steals away someone’s independence.
  • Falling is the number one cause of injury-related deaths & hospitalizations for seniors in Canada.
  • Fractures and head injuries are common.
  • 40% of all nursing home admissions occur as a result of a fall.
  • Most falls happen in and around the home.

The good news is that most falls are predictable and CAN be prevented.

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