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December 11, 2011

BehindTheMedspeak: Online Sports Concussion Library now open to all

From Jeff Z. Klein's December 8 New York Times story: "Saying that parents whose children play contact sports should 'not accept public health policy from the N.H.L., but do it for themselves,' a doctor heading a team of Canadian concussion specialists on Thursday created an online concussion library fully accessible to both the public and to research and medical professionals."

"Called the Sport Concussion Library, the Web site includes more than 2,300 peer-reviewed journal articles, 61 book chapters and entries on thesis research, concussion legislation on the federal, state and provincial levels, filmed documentaries and a downloadable SCAT2 test, the standard sideline concussion assessment tool."

"The library site is free, updated monthly and contains no advertising. There are sections specific to hockey, football, soccer, baseball and several other sports, as well as a section containing concussion research conducted by the military. Entries range from a simple definition of a concussion and information for parents, players and coaches, to the latest research papers."

"The library’s affiliated researchers include many prominent concussion experts, including Dr. Robert Cantu, a director at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy; Dr. Michael J. Stuart, a director of the Sports Medicine Center at the Mayo Clinic and the chief medical officer for USA Hockey; and Dr. Charles H. Tator, a Toronto neurosurgeon and expert on brain and spinal cord injuries in sports."

"Among Echlin’s research is a recent study in which he conducted independent in-game concussion evaluations on two junior hockey teams over a season. He found that the level of concussion incidence was seven times what had been previously recorded in research literature."

"A recent University of Calgary study found that the 9,000 11- and 12-year-olds playing hockey in Alberta sustained 700 concussions."

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Looks as though hockey, football, boxing and MMA are all deadly sports.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Dec 12, 2011 5:55:29 AM

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