You are currently viewing the printable version of this article, to return to the normal page, please click here.

White House plans sports concussion summit

- The Washington Times - Friday, May 16, 2014

The Obama administration will invite athletes, coaches, parents and other stakeholders to the White House on May 29 for a summit on sports-related concussions.

At the event, President Obama will announce "new commitments from the public and private sectors" to support research into the causes and effects of concussions, White House press secretary Jay Carney said. He did not elaborate on what those commitments will be, nor would he specify who will attend the event.

"The president, as a father who also has on his staff others who are parents, knows this is a topic a lot of families are discussing right now. As more and more information is provided about the problems associated with concussions in sports, especially for our young, we have the ability here, because it's the White House and because he's the president, to elevate this issue and help draw attention to it," Mr. Carney told reporters on Friday.

Mr. Obama said earlier this year that, if he had a son, he would probably not let him play professional football because of injury concerns.

© Copyright 2015 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.