The first ever summit at the White House on sports concussion has brought to light the issue of youth concussions. The conference featured a panel of medical experts and government committees who pledged to research how concussions affect young children and teens.
A $10 million grant by the co-owner of the New York Giants was awarded to the New York Giants, to the UCLA School of Medicine’s neurosurgery department. The money will be used to train neurologists specializing in concussions how to prevent, diagnose and treat injures among youth athletes.
Some former professional sports players were also there to discuss how important it is that to raise awareness about the risks of sports injuries.
The summit also highlighting how young women are now more involved in contact sports, which means they’re much more susceptible to suffering from a concussion.
Just days after the summit, Dan Marino, former NFL player and analyst, withdrew from a class-action lawsuit against the NFL that alleged the league knew there was a link between concussions and long-term health problems.
The litigation currently has more than 4.800 player plaintiffs and another 1,000 who are spouses of formers players.
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.
Georgia is known for its prowess in a number of popular American sports. Georgia residents enjoy participating in sports like football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, hockey, and bicycling, to name a few.
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