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Posted on 05/18/2014 11:14:08 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
President Obama will bring athletes, coaches, academics and parents to the White House later this month for a summit on youth sports safety and the dangers of concussions, an administration official said Thursday.
"As both a parent and an avid sports fan, the president loves and appreciates the role that sports play in the lives of young people, and his administration is committed to helping ensure that children continue to be active and play sports safely," the official said in a statement.
At the forum, the president will argue for a "team approach" to preventing and treating concussions, the White House said, with hopes of raising awareness of how to identify, treat and prevent concussions among young athletes. Obama will also call for additional research into the field of sports-related concussions, with the hopes of developing ways to better avoid such injuries.
The concussion forum was first reported by The Washington Post.
The president told The New Yorker earlier this year that he'd be reticent to allow his son, if he had one, play professional football because of the risk of concussions. More than 4,500 former NFL players have sued the league over its handling of concussions, which doctors say can be associated with permanent memory loss and behavioral changes.
Concussions have also been linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative brain disease.
I would not let my son play pro football, Obama told the magazine's editor, David Remnick, a former sportswriter. But, I mean, you wrote a lot about boxing, right? Were sort of in the same realm.
Still, the president also said current NFL players know what theyre doing and understood the impact that concussions could have on their long-term health.
At this point, theres a little bit of caveat emptor, Obama said. These guys, they know what theyre doing. They know what theyre buying into. It is no longer a secret. Its sort of the feeling I have about smokers, you know?
The NFL agreed to a $765 million settlement with attorneys representing the former players last summer, under which it did not admit any liability or that brain injuries were the result of playing football.
A federal judge has not yet approved the deal over concerns the payout, which would be split among former players and medical researchers, would not be enough.
Obama Nanny State PING!
Will Hillary attend? She could be the keynote speaker.
How did Obama get that very large scar on the back of his head ?
Did anyone ever call out Obama, on the absurdity of saying he wouldn’t let his son play professional football?
NFL football is played by adults, who do not need a note from their parents to play.
Can you imagine if Bush or any Republican had said something so absurd?
I would love to see a book written, about some of the ridiculous things said by Obama.
Two which come to mind.
1. He said that Republicans want a moat at the border, a moat with alligators, to deal with illegal immigration.
2. As Texas suffered through a terrible waves of fires a few years ago, he said that the governor of a state on fire, meaning Rick Perry of Texas, denies global warming. What an incredible lack of compassion for people suffering from fires was shown by Obama in that instance.
That would be a committee to investigate sec state concussions.
whats his point; Ostupid was obviously dropped on his head the day he was born.
Ostupid is a walking, blathering concussion.
Football safety precautions have come a long way from the leather helmets of yesteryear, and they didn’t need Barack Obama. At best he is jumping in front of an existing parade. At worst something is going to get twisted and it might even make football riskier.
What about the girls bammy? Why aren’t the girls back yet?
...but Mom, where's the safety impact gloves and safety glasses?
Like I said....the Dems have someone in the wings...just like the party had Obama in the wings..and shafted Hillary.
That might be plausible. Existing Democrats are making themselves look like, well, asses. So the Great Democrat Hope could be a fresh face.
He wants to find out how to give everyone a concussion as that is the only way you are likely to vote democrat.
Obama’s nanny state is scary if you recall that his nanny was a transexual.
Let’s see, we have governments banning chocolate milk, bacon, trans fats, large drinks...Somebody remind me...what is the purpose of government?
“SEEKING DIVERSIONS FROM FAILURES, BUSH SUGGESTS NFL SUMMIT.”
“DEMOCRATS PAN BUSH SUDDEN FOCUS ON FOOTBALL, SUGGESTING PRESIDENT IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH NATION'S DISASTERS.” (New York Times)
“ALL THESE PROBLEMS AND BUSH DOES DALLAS?” (New York Post)
Since the Occupant has no male offspring (that we know about), we can all be thankful that in the common gene pool, his will be deleted to oblivion in a couple of decades.....I believe the scar on his head, was placed there when he had the operation to turn him into a complete asshat. Maybe he should have worn a helmet.
He wouldn’t allow his son(if he had one) to play PROFESSIONAL football...
I guess being a dictator you can ban anyone at anytime from engaging in any activity you deem unsafe, right??
Or maybe he’s just too stupid to realize that by thetime your eligible to play Pro Football, your also of legal age to make YOUR OWN DECISIONS
How does he do it? How does he find the time to address an issue that has absolutely nothing to do with his job? Maybe Joe Biden can hold a summit on how many chocolate chips should be in a chocolate chip cookie.
What about those Benghazi concussions you traitor
The assumption, here, is that you are too stupid to raise your own kids.
My daughter bumped her head playing volleyball, so we brought her to a doctor to have her looked at. She checked out completely fine, but the doctor would not sign off on her returning to play until she had taken a week off and gone through two weeks of pointless rehab therapy, all provided, conveniently, in the brand new Concussion Center at the hospital. Three weeks and thousands of dollars from my insurance company later, we got the sign-off, a week after the end of the season.
It was all a scam. Once you walk through the door, they are going to extract $5000 from your insurance company, no matter what, before you get the certification required by the state to return to play. Next time, I will just check the kid out myself and avoid being fed into the money-extraction machine.
1) Remnick was a sports writer?
2) Obama has a son?
You can bet your bottom dollar that all of the techs, nurses and rehab assistants employed by this boondoggle will be dues paying members of the SEIU.
That sounds like medical overkill; if no disability and no injury and no provable likelihood of either then no need for rehab. On the other hand, I wonder if this is driven by the fear of lawsuit, not just the hope of profit. That $X000 bill is the rack rate and probably is reimbursed at close to cost by the insurance company.
What did Chicago manure ever do to deserve such a slur. Surely it is better than Barack’s idea of wisdom.
In this state, once you bring the child in with any kind of bump on the head, a notice goes to the State of New Jersey, that must be cleared before the kid can even participate in PE, much less a sport. At that point they have what you need, and they will extract as much money as they can before they will give it to you.
Keep in mind that insurance reimbursement rates are close to cost.
Smoke & mirrors
Dog & pony
Hooker & donkey
I’m sure they are. But the costs were high. And all of the money paid to otherwise unemployable Service Employee International Union members was unnecessary.
California has a bill in process that would limit full contact practice to two times a week.
Does anyone know if 0bama ever played organized football? Pop Warner, high school, etc.?
For comparison purposes, when I was about 12 (back in ‘63), I was testing the new speedometer on my big 26 inch Schwinn. I remember it reading 45 mph...next thing I know, I’m waking up in my house 16 hours later with a horrible headache. Naturally, I hit a pothole, went over the handlebars and landed on my head.
Mom and Dad called the Doc and he said “Is that him screaming in the background?” Dad said “Yes, that’s him.” (I was still out cold). Doc said “He’ll be fine. Keep him to rest for a day.”
With all the problems our country faces, here and abroad, Obama should stay out of the sports concussions and other sports issues. Let the high school, college and pro associations explore the issues.
Obama has no focus, he jumps from whatever is today’s headline to whatever comes up another day, none of which are a national security or survival matter. Number one should be our lagging economy—he and his regulators and economists should back off as none of the big government interventions have worked so far—let a more free market and small business approach work on the economy.
Between faggotry and concussion hysteria, liberals will eventually kill football. Maybe by then we can finally have Civil War II. (I know. Pipedream. We will probably go as quietly as a fart in the wind).
This guy will do just about anything to keep from having to do his job...
This guy will do just about anything to keep from having to do his job...
Good grief. What’s next, after they’ve thrown everybody out of work and our currency has been devalued almost 50% .how to raise rabbits for food?
Maybe Joe Biden can hold a summit on how many chocolate chips should be in a chocolate chip cookie.
Please don’t give Slow Joe any ideas.
Obama has no focus, he jumps from whatever is todays headline to whatever comes up another day, none of which are a national security or survival matter.
Do you really believe that Obamugabe actually sets his own agenda. He attends to whatever the real president tells him to do. And, apparently, Valerie has her reasons for having him appear at this ridiculous meeting.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram and AQ are running wild in Africa, Putin is running wild in formerly occupied territory, the Assad hereditary dicatorship and its Iranian and other terrorist and jihadist allies continues its mass murdering, Iran’s working 24/7 to build nuclear weapons it plans to use...
It’s weird that Zero is looking into this — it has nothing to do with either homosexuality or climate change.
OTOH, he’s spent his entire time in office attacking the only country in the entire Middle East which guarantees gay rights and which until recently made no contribution to hydrocarbon production.
I don't understand why Obama - who seems to have ZERO interest in this county - ever became President in the first place...
They should have used a hockey goalie mask.
They forgot the protection for his face.