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Controversy Brews Over Whether Player Competed After Suffering Concussion

A Canadian paper recently reported that Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens goaltender, may have played too soon after suffering a concussion. While the original story claimed that Price was injured last week when teammate David Desharnais ran into him during a drill, it is now being reported that he was actually injured on March 20. Price has played in four games, taking seven flights, since March 20.

The National Hockey League’s program to identify and treat concussions has come under fire as a result of Price’s delayed decision to tell the team’s medical staff that he was having persistent headaches. Price is not the first Canadien to continue playing with concussion-like symptoms. Mathieu Darche experienced headaches for a week before he sought medical attention. However, it was later determined that he had an inner-ear infection.

These cases highlight the importance of a medical staff being proactive about concussion, rather than waiting for a player to tell them about concussion-like symptoms.

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Canadian Organizations Embark on Concussion Survey

Five sports organization in Canada announced yesterday that they have joined forces to collect information about concussions and communicate the survey’s findings with the stated objective of reducing the rate and severity of concussions as well as other brain-related injuries

Pat Waslen, executive director of Football B.C., told the Vancouver Courier that Canada has lagged far behind the U.S. in concussion research. He added that the survey, which is being implemented by the non-profit Sports Information Resource Centre, will spread awareness about the problem, and lead to the creation of a list of rules, which could be enforced at a provincial or federal level.

Some measures have already been implemented, such as an online training course, which Football B.C. coaches will be required to take, starting April 15. Waslen pointed to the introduction of Bill 206, a concussion in youth sports safety act that will help regulate and educate the sometimes deadly injuries, as another good initial step.

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