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Obama to hold summit on sports concussions
The Hill ^ | May 15, 2014 | Justin Sink

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? We’re sort of in the same realm.”

Still, the president also said current NFL players “know what they’re doing” and understood the impact that concussions could have on their long-term health.

“At this point, there’s a little bit of caveat emptor,” Obama said. “These guys, they know what they’re doing. They know what they’re buying into. It is no longer a secret. It’s 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.


TOPICS: Government; Health/Medicine; Sports
KEYWORDS: concussions; football; leaderofthefreeworld; nannyobama; obama; obamacares; summit
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1 posted on 05/18/2014 11:14:08 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Obama Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 05/18/2014 11:14:43 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Of COURSE bacon is good for you!!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Will Hillary attend? She could be the keynote speaker.


3 posted on 05/18/2014 11:15:30 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

How did Obama get that very large scar on the back of his head ?


4 posted on 05/18/2014 11:17:59 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


5 posted on 05/18/2014 11:19:36 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Cowboy Bob

That would be a committee to investigate sec state concussions.


6 posted on 05/18/2014 11:20:59 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
There is a war going on and Americans are getting killed. There are other wars going on and active terrorists that want to kill us. The VA has major problems. I guess this is 0’s way of voting present.
7 posted on 05/18/2014 11:21:41 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Maybe the players could wear bras and tinfoil hats, use a balloon instead of a ball and give hugs and compliments to the opposing team instead of tackling them?

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8 posted on 05/18/2014 11:22:02 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

whats his point; Ostupid was obviously dropped on his head the day he was born.
Ostupid is a walking, blathering concussion.


9 posted on 05/18/2014 11:22:57 AM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


10 posted on 05/18/2014 11:23:32 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What about the girls bammy? Why aren’t the girls back yet?


11 posted on 05/18/2014 11:24:46 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Obama tackles the burning issue of the day!

...but Mom, where's the safety impact gloves and safety glasses?

12 posted on 05/18/2014 11:26:12 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; All
0'Muslim, just wants to meet that any queer
(sports celebrity) guy for a photo-op/selfie.

13 posted on 05/18/2014 11:26:29 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? :-)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I smell backfire....He's up to know good. He's going to jam it to Hillary indirectly.

Like I said....the Dems have someone in the wings...just like the party had Obama in the wings..and shafted Hillary.

14 posted on 05/18/2014 11:27:04 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

That might be plausible. Existing Democrats are making themselves look like, well, asses. So the Great Democrat Hope could be a fresh face.


15 posted on 05/18/2014 11:30:23 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

He wants to find out how to give everyone a concussion as that is the only way you are likely to vote democrat.


16 posted on 05/18/2014 11:31:39 AM PDT by rey
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Obama’s nanny state is scary if you recall that his nanny was a transexual.


17 posted on 05/18/2014 11:32:58 AM PDT by boycott
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Let’s see, we have governments banning chocolate milk, bacon, trans fats, large drinks...Somebody remind me...what is the purpose of government?


18 posted on 05/18/2014 11:33:21 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: All
We should all take a try at how these pr/puffers would be handled if Bush were in office. I can see it now.

“SEEKING DIVERSIONS FROM FAILURES, BUSH SUGGESTS NFL SUMMIT.”
(Asspress)

“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)

19 posted on 05/18/2014 11:33:31 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: Dilbert San Diego

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.


20 posted on 05/18/2014 11:34:12 AM PDT by Meadow Muffin
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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


21 posted on 05/18/2014 11:35:33 AM PDT by snappahead (if your gonna be dumb, you better be tough.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


22 posted on 05/18/2014 11:36:25 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What about those Benghazi concussions you traitor


23 posted on 05/18/2014 11:37:45 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


24 posted on 05/18/2014 11:38:33 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
“I would not let my son play pro football,” Obama told the magazine's editor, David Remnick, a former sportswriter.

1) Remnick was a sports writer?

2) Obama has a son?

26 posted on 05/18/2014 11:45:32 AM PDT by x
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


27 posted on 05/18/2014 11:46:17 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: Meadow Muffin
I believe the scar on his head, was placed there when he had the operation to turn him into a complete asshat.

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28 posted on 05/18/2014 11:46:21 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Haiku Guy

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.


29 posted on 05/18/2014 11:50:15 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: digger48

What did Chicago manure ever do to deserve such a slur. Surely it is better than Barack’s idea of wisdom.


30 posted on 05/18/2014 11:51:36 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

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.


31 posted on 05/18/2014 11:57:04 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: Haiku Guy

Keep in mind that insurance reimbursement rates are close to cost.


32 posted on 05/18/2014 11:58:47 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Smoke & mirrors
Dog & pony
Hooker & donkey

Circus


33 posted on 05/18/2014 12:10:23 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had ENOUGH Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

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.


34 posted on 05/18/2014 12:14:05 PM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: Haiku Guy

California has a bill in process that would limit full contact practice to two times a week.

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/bill-limits-full-contact-youth-football-drills-23739413


35 posted on 05/18/2014 12:22:28 PM PDT by porter_knorr
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Good afternoon.

Does anyone know if 0bama ever played organized football? Pop Warner, high school, etc.?

5.56mm

36 posted on 05/18/2014 12:28:00 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Another attempt to get the public brainwashed into thinking medical care is in the the Federal Gov't purview.
37 posted on 05/18/2014 12:30:34 PM PDT by what's up (sun)
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To: Haiku Guy

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.”


38 posted on 05/18/2014 12:57:13 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


39 posted on 05/18/2014 1:11:28 PM PDT by RicocheT (Where neither their property nor their honor is touched, most men live content, Niccolo Machiavelli)
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To: RicocheT

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).


40 posted on 05/18/2014 1:32:34 PM PDT by ohioman
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This guy will do just about anything to keep from having to do his job...


41 posted on 05/18/2014 1:36:26 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This guy will do just about anything to keep from having to do his job...


42 posted on 05/18/2014 1:36:26 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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?


43 posted on 05/18/2014 1:44:12 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Cowboy Bob
Will Hillary attend? She could be the keynote speaker.


45 posted on 05/18/2014 2:10:43 PM PDT by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority! 11.06.12 - Day of Infamy!)
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To: blueunicorn6

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.


46 posted on 05/18/2014 3:18:43 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: RicocheT

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.

***
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.


47 posted on 05/18/2014 3:23:16 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

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.


48 posted on 05/18/2014 4:41:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/ http://www.freerepublic.com/~bigheadfred/)
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To: mountainlion
There is a war going on and Americans are getting killed. There are other wars going on and active terrorists that want to kill us. The VA has major problems.

I don't understand why Obama - who seems to have ZERO interest in this county - ever became President in the first place...

49 posted on 05/18/2014 5:12:39 PM PDT by GOPJ (If dems will "death panel" our vets they'll damn sure death panel the rest of us...)
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To: TexasCajun

They should have used a hockey goalie mask.

They forgot the protection for his face.


50 posted on 05/18/2014 5:23:43 PM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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