White House Summit Calls For More Research Into Youth Concussions

The first White House summit on sports concussions featured a panel of medical experts and government committees pledging more research into how concussions affect young children and teens.

Former professional athletes were also on hand to raise awareness about sports injuries, and also how young women are now more involved in contact sports, which means they’re equally as susceptible to concussions.

New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch, whose own 14-year-old daughter suffered a concussion while playing lacrosse, awarded a $10 million grant to the UCLA School of Medicine’s BrainSPORT Program for youth concussion research. The money will be used to study how best to prevent, diagnose, and treat concussion injuries among young athletes.

According to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, about 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among children in the U.S. are related to sports and recreational activities.