The Obama Administration is unveiling new policies that it says will combat concussions among youth. The policies outline about $65 million in private funds for research and scientific studies on head injuries, the Administration says.
That's part of a meeting Thursday hosted by President Obama called the “White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit.”
For a look at some of the specifics, Take Two speaks with Dennis Molfese, director of the University of Nebraska's Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior. He's also one of the 17 members of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Committee that prepared a 2013 report that formed the basis for many of the recommendations.
Highlights of the proposals:
- $30 million for an NCAA and Department of Defense clinical study into concussions and head injuries.
- $25 million from the NFL for new pilot programs "to expand access to athletic trainers in schools" for youth sports.
- A new position to be called a Chief Medical Officer for US Soccer and Major League Soccer "in the field of concussion management and prevention."
- A "Heads Up" app from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help parents learn how to spot and respond to concussion symptoms.