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Online library for head injury information launched

Citing the need for athletes, parents and coaches to access more information on concussion and its effects, London, Ont.-based sports physician Dr. Paul Echlin, has created an online library for information on the head injury.

"Concussion is a serious brain injury that can cause short and long term disability among athletes. We can no longer turn our collective heads when a concussion occurs," Dr. Echlin said in launching the online clearing house.

"Our young athletes need access to education tools such as the e-modules, a selection of video documentaries, and testimonials from their peers," the concussion expert said. "All of these resources are now available on the website."

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The resource details concussion symptoms and treatments to avoid long-term brain injury including a concussion diagnostic tool from the Zurich International Conference on Concussion in Sport in 2008.

Also included are more than 2,300 peer-reviewed journal articles with the latest research on concussion; education tools aimed at football and hockey athletes; documentaries on concussion; testimonials of amateur athletes and parents, and professional athletes; 61 book chapters and thesis research.

The online library's address is www.sportconcussionlibrary.com.



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