White House wants to take on sports concussions in kids
May 16th, 2014
03:12 PM ET
7 months ago

White House wants to take on sports concussions in kids

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is taking on an issue causing alarm at schools and kitchen tables across the country: the increasing rate of concussions in young athletes.

The White House said on Friday that Obama would host a “safe sports” summit convening coaches and experts in the coming weeks, where he’ll announce vows from public and private partners to raise awareness of brain and head injuries in kids’ sports.


“As both a parent and an avid sports fan the President appreciates the role that sports plays in the lives of young people, and his administration is committed to helping ensure that children continue to be active and play sports safely," Press Secretary Jay Carney said at Friday's briefing.

High School athletes found more vulnerable to concussions

Obama has spoken several times about the dangers in playing contact sports, including telling The New Republic magazine last year he’d have to think “long and hard” before allowing his sons, if he had any, to play football.

“I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence,” he said.

Concerns about the risks inherent in tackle football received a crush of attention in 2013, when the National Football League reached a deal with ex-players to pay over $700 million to fund medical exams, research, and compensation to athletes with concussion-related ailments.

Carney wouldn’t say on Friday whether the NFL would participate in the May 29 summit, though he said the league was “vital” in the effort toward stemming childhood head injuries.

But researchers say other sports also carry risks – including non-contact sports like soccer, baseball and cheer-leading. Concussions in young athletes, whose brains are still developing, pose a particular concern to health experts.

Studies have cited a “culture of resistance” among high school athletes to reporting concussions and taking the proper recovery steps after incurring them.

 


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    First Teatroll who can irrationally link this story to Hillary having "brain damage" gets a cookie. Ready? Go!

    May 16, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Tommy G

    WOW!!! Yet another pressing national issue being tackled by our Nanny-in-Chief. So how's that unemployment rate? Still driving people out of the workforce to lower it, instead of creating jobs? How's the search for the terrorists in Benghazi going? What's that national debt at these days? $18 TRILLION? How's it going with Putin? With Iran? Syria? Of course, don't let those trivial matters consume any of your time.

    May 16, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Thomas

    First it our Guns , now its our kids concussions !

    We don't need helmets !

    May 16, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Millions of people suffer from constipation in this country. Far more than concussions due to football. I wish Obama would also address this huge national constipation crisis. It is the only thing he has not weighed in on. Let it rip Mr. President. Hopefully.

    May 16, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. SOUTHERN SNOTTIE

    Sniffit
    First Teatroll who can irrationally link this story to Hillary having "brain damage" gets a cookie. Ready? Go!
    ---

    Good one! Maybe Hillary should be wearing a helmet all the time. She seems to do a lot of falling. She sure fell down when it came to Benghazi. Too bad she also took 4 other Americans down as well.

    May 16, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Of course, don't let those trivial matters consume any of your time."

    Right, because clearly, one article about one thing the POTUS is doing means that's the only thing he's doing. You're completely ridiculous, you know that? Your hysterical nonsense is riveting though. Please continue. It's like watching the mental and emotional equivalent of a fertilizer plant exploding after years of shirking federal and state regulations.

    May 16, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. spike1234

    The attention disorder white house is afoot again. No more laser focus on jobs. Let's bring up a new issue every day to deflect from the constant disasters of previous days.

    May 16, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @SOUTHERN SNOTTIE
    Sniffit
    First Teatroll who can irrationally link this story to Hillary having "brain damage" gets a cookie. Ready? Go!
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    Good one! Maybe Hillary should be wearing a helmet all the time. She seems to do a lot of falling. She sure fell down when it came to Benghazi. Too bad she also took 4 other Americans down as well.

    May 16, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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    You GOPers are hilarious. First, you can't even be original in usernames on the ticker, second, you regurgitate stale talking points you get from Fox Noise. What has your party, exactly, done for the country?

    May 16, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Don't Worry, Be Happy

    Obama further stated "If you like your football, you can keep your football. If like your helmet, you can keep your helmet. If you like your football team, you can keep your football team.". All in the press bobbed their heads in total agreement.

    May 16, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    If you play football without a helmet, you can become a republican too. Their motto, "Brain damage R Us."

    May 16, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |