Center for Injury Research and Prevention

ICYMI: Blue Whale Challenge, Portable Driving Simulator, Suicide-Related Admissions, Concussion and CTE, Sports-related Overuse Injuries and Heatstroke, Human Trafficking, Great Outdoors

July 31, 2017

From the moderator: At the end of each month, we are curating an "In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)" post, featuring a round-up of newsworthy items related to child injury prevention. Here is our ICYMI round up for July:

Blue Whale Challenge

The "Blue Whale Challenge" represents yet another dangerous trend on soical media. In this challenge, kids are assigned 50 tasks to complete and document. Each task becomes increasingly more challenging, with the last task being suicide. It started in Russia around two years ago and has resulted in more than 100 deaths in Russia and possibly two in the United States. Here are news articles about this latest dangerous trend:

CNN article

Washington Post article article

Ohio and CHOP Pilot Simulated Driving Assessment for Driver License Applicants

CIRP@CHOP is proud to be a part of Ohio's newly-launched project to adapt our validated simulated driving assessment into portable driving simulator systems that will be used at Ohio's DMV licensing centers as a pre-test before a first-time driver license applicant gets behind the wheel with a driving examiner for the on-road test.

Children's Hospitals Reporting More Admissions Related to Suicide

A new study presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies meeting reports that the number of children and teens admitted to children's hospitals for thoughts of suicide or self-harm has more than doubled during the last decade.

Concussion in News: CTE in Former Professional Players 

A sobering look by the New York Times at a neuropathologist's findings of CTE in former professional football players

Overuse Injuries in Youth Sports

Specialization in sports among young athletes and their associated risk of injury, from NPR

Heatstroke on the Playing Field

As high school teams start their summer training for fall sports, a New York Times article explores the risk of exertional heatstroke (EHS) in young athletes. EHS is a severe form of heat-related illness and a medical emergency that can result in brain and other organ damage, or even death in some cases. Click here for the research study in JAMA which informed the article.

Recognizing Human Trafficking: Webinar for Social Workers

Registration is open for the Violence Prevention Initiative's latest webinar "Human Trafficking In Adolescents: Understanding the Issues as a Service Provider", taking place on August 15th. CE units are available for social workers.

Lion, Ticks, and Bears, Oh My! Can You Survive in Nature?

Take this fun poll to see if you know how to stay safe when encountering a variety of animals and get good tips for that next trip to the park.