Welcome to the Sport Concussion Library

The Sport Concussion Library offers a wealth of information on the topic of sport concussion. It has information for all audiences, including

The Library is a non-profit, no-fee, publically accessible storehouse for all non-commercial peer reviewed literature on sport concussion. It includes recently published

  • journal articles
  • book chapters
  • thesis dissertations
  • relevant legislative initiatives
  • documentaries

Further, it contains links to selected non-commercial educational sites (e.g., ThinkFirst, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), as well as basic concussion information and select literature summaries.

Researchers will find particularly useful the list of active members of the Sport Neurotrauma and Concussion Initiative (SNCI) Research Committee, including links to their most recent published research. Also included are lists of other non-committee, university-affiliated researchers and research centres. The Researchers’ section of the library is specifically designed to enhance and improve communication between researchers, and serve as a point of contact for information exchange and project collaboration.

Athletes will be interested in the sport concussion documentaries in the Press Box section. They are encouraged to complete the e-module, and to read the personal stories of those athletes who have suffered from this injury.

Parents, Coaches and First Responders (Therapists/Trainers) and Physicians will want to explore the main library, the free downloadable SCAT2 system, and the general information section.

Educational Institutions will find useful the sport concussion specific library as well as the education-specific links in the general information section. Also of particular interest will be the e-modules, the section on legislation, and documentaries relevant to this important educational based initiative.

Articles that are freely accessible are published on this site in full. For articles to which a fee applies for access, an abstract or summary is provided here, as well as a link where the full article may be purchased. An on-staff librarian updates the site monthly and is available, for a fee, to perform literature searches for anyone requiring further assistance.

Media Publications

Brain Trauma Extends to the Soccer Field | New York Times

MRI studies show micro brain damage in varsity hockey players after concussions | The Canadian Press

New research shows that even first head injury changes the brain | The Globe and Mail

Study Finds Changes in Brains of Hockey Players Who Had Concussions | The New York Times

An overview of the basic science of concussion and subconcussion: where we are and where we are going | Journal of Neurosurgery

The true cost of injuries to NHL players: $218-million each season | The Globe and Mail

What Happens in the Brain After a Concussion | New York Times

New Tests for Brain Trauma Create Hope, and Skepticism | New York Times

Tony Dorsett, Dallas Cowboy’s legendary running back, diagnosed with CTE | Toronto Star

Rugby union could face NFL-style lawsuit on concussion – neuroscientist | The Guardian

Howie Meeker not dimmed by age | The Globe and Mail

Tackling, at the Turn of the Century | The New York Times

No Heroism in Playing After a Head Injury | The New York Times

Concussions and the Classroom | The New York Times

League of Denial  | PBS

Litigation threatens football's future

Football player sues Bishop’s University over severe head injury suffered during game

Concussion Litigation Against the NCAA is Gathering Momentum

Concussion lawsuit: Class action? | Associated Press

Federal judge orders NFL, retired players to negotiate over concussion cases | The Globe and Mail

The game changer | The Globe and Mail

School board launches review after rugby player dies after head injury | OTTAWA CITIZEN

In Brawl For Seau Brain, a Proxy War Over Concussion Science | FRONTLINE

Judge Rules Against Football Helmet Manufacturer | The New York Times

Concussion: A Public Health Responsibility to Our Youth


N.H.L. Grapples With Applying Its Own Concussion Protocols | The New York Times

Concussion Liability Costs May Rise, and Not Just for N.F.L. | The New York Times

'Significant underreporting' of concussions found in hockey | The Globe and Mail

How Athletic Culture Still Suppresses Concussion Research | The Atlantic

Concussions in male, female varsity hockey players more common than reported: Study | The Winnipeg Free Press

Study Shows Possible Brain Damage Caused by Subconcussive Blows | The New York Times

Report Urges ‘Cultural Shift’ as Hockey Coaches Defy Concussion Specialists | The New York Times


Dying to Play | The New York Times 

Boogard complaint document 

Boogaard Lawsuit May Shake Up Hockey

Hitting home: a reflection on a lost brother’s role as a hockey enforcer | The Sheaf

Did Football Kill Austin Trenum | The Washingtonian

Opinion: Youth hockey injuries border on child abuse  | 

Hockey Concussion: is it child abuse?  | CMAJ

Gallof: Hockey’s Degeneration X — Concussions Are Killing The Sport

Fighting in hockey not a safety valve to prevent other forms of reprisals | Governor General

The Saints, Head-hunting, and (Another) Disaster for the NFL | Grantland

An Open Letter to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: It’s Time to Ban Fighting | Ralph Nader, Founder, League of Fans

Fighting and ‘goonery’ not something to celebrate in Canada’s game | Governor-General

A Conversation with the Honourable R. Roy McMurtry

Tony Dorsett, other ex-players suing NFL for negligence | Associated Press

Concussion dominant issue for NHL this year, likely to take centre ice for 2012 too | Winnipeg Free Press

Stop the violence and play hockey | CMAJ

Concussions: the untold story | Macleans

The damage done | Macleans

Blindsided | Macleans


Players still willing to hide head injuries | ESPN