Changing the culture of concussion: education meets legislation.

Executive Board, Brain Injury Association of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.
PM&R (Impact Factor: 1.66). 10/2011; 3(10 Suppl 2):S468-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2011.08.006
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