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Newspapers could do a better job with concussion coverage: study

There has been a dramatic improvement in some news reporting on the severity and impact of concussions and serious brain injuries in hockey but journalists shouldn’t get carried away patting themselves on the back, according to a study of coverage in four North American newspapers.

Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, says in a study of selected news coverage over the past 25 years that there’s plenty of room for improvement regarding the print media’s coverage of the issue.

“The accuracy of medical information is pretty good, let’s say a B-plus or A-minus,” Cusimano said. “In terms of being action oriented towards making the game safer, I hold people to a higher standard and I would give a C-plus or a B-minus.

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