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Obama says sports concussions need more attention

Jun 03, 2014   |   by Associated Press   |   The Washington Post

Richard Greenwald
Prof Richard Greenwald Th'88 conducts R&D in the areas of biomechanics, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and sports equipment.

Saying he wants kids to play sports but play safely, President Barack Obama called Thursday for more and better research into the effects and treatment of concussions in youth athletes. ...

But without direct authority over youth sports leagues, Obama’s ability to address the issue meaningfully is limited to calling for research and trying to jumpstart a national conversation to teach parents, coaches and young athletes about concussions — the goal of a summit he hosted at the White House. ...

Dartmouth researcher Richard Greenwald said Obama hit the right notes with his remarks but that it was important to realize that a lot of work remains before the problem can be considered solved.

“Public awareness is a great thing as long as it leads to better diagnosis, better treatment, better coaching, better outcomes,” Greenwald said.

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