Barack Obama highlights risks of brain injuries in sport

The president is to host a conference to promote awareness of ways to avoid and treat concussions, White House officials have said.

The event will assemble representatives of professional and collegiate sports, athletes, coaches, researchers and children, the officials added. "The president is a big sports fan," said White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri. "There's not enough that we know about concussions and how they relate to young athletes." Awareness of the long-run health effects of concussions in sports has jumped in recent years, particularly in football. The NFL agreed in August to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by thousands of former players, many suffering from dementia and health problems. They accused the league of hiding the dangers of brain injury while profiting from the sport's violence. Obama, whose fondness for watching sports on television is well known, has said he would have reservations about letting a son play football if he had one. He has two daughters. Read the full story
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