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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.
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