United States President Barack Obama will host a conference — White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit — on Thursday that will address youth sports and concussions.
White House press secretary Jay Carney told the media that the summit will include the announcement of new initiatives to help research and address concussions in youth sports.
“The president will announce new commitments by both the public and private sectors to raise awareness about how to identify treat and prevent concussions, and conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help us better address these problems,” Carney said.
Obama, meanwhile, is especially concerned about youths all the way through college athletes.
“NFL players have a union, they’re grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies,” Obama told the Associated Press . “You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That’s something that I’d like to see the NCAA think about.”