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Brain injuries in football now a presidential concern

As time passes, the matter of football players' concussions is getting more serious. With the recent suicides of ex-football players, there is an added level of tragedy that is pushing even some of the most powerful people to consider that changes in football are needed to protect players.

President Obama recently commented on brain injuries in the football industry, even going so far as to suggest that he might not be comfortable letting his son play the sport if he had one. He joins the growing number of people who hypothesize that some of the excitement of the game may need to be sacrificed for safety.

It's largely because of the bravery of former NFL players and their families that the safety concern over concussions is of high priority in the country. President Obama takes the NFL cause but brings it to a different stage: college football fields. He worries that because college players don't have unions and the star or money power to back them up, they would avoid speaking out about their own health concerns and problems. But a hit is a hit, a concussion is a concussion, whether a player is an NFL star or star athlete for his school.

What are the potential solutions to the problem of head injuries on the football field? More rules could be put in place that limit the kind of impact allowed in the sport. Also, a new helmet design could possibly prevent the type of repeated injuries that lead to severe, long-term, sometimes fatal health effects.

Source: NBC Sports, "Obama concerned about brain injuries in football," Michael David Smith, Jan. 27, 2013

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