White House Puts Spotlight on Sports-Related Concussions

President Obama calls for more research, says it's time to "change a culture that says you suck it up."
1:42 | 05/29/14

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Crushing body slams have become a major part of American pro sports from the NFL have stated. ENHL. The hard knocks of launched a firestorm over the risks of head injuries. But this isn't just a grown up problem every seizing young boys and girls are getting dangerous concussion. A -- -- -- -- -- stars more than 140000. High school athletes suffer a concussion each year. So what's being done to keep -- young players safe. Today the -- in chief tackled the problem head on. And we've got to have better research better data that are safety equipment better protocols. We've got -- have every parent coach and teacher recognize the signs of concussions. Pro players and medical professionals huddled at the White House to develop a game plan to educate parents and protect young athletes. There's more on the answered questions than there are answered ones. Everything from what causes concussions how do you prevent them who's at risk speaking not only at the fan but as a parent of two active daughters the president said the problem goes beyond awareness we have to change -- culture that says you suck it up there are a lot of parents from my generation -- -- -- -- what's the big deal. What do you mean they can't go back they -- okay. So many here concussion and they think blackout but blackouts are rare and -- smaller hits can have a big impact parents should be on the lookout for blurred vision headaches mood changes. All those things can be a sign of a concussion. Mary Bruce ABC news Los Angeles.

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