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SBD/May 29, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Experts Believe NHL Concussions Down This Season, But League Won't Release Numbers
Published May 29, 2014
MEETING OF THE MINDS: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Jeffrey Sparshott noted President Obama today will host a White House summit on raising "awareness of sports-related concussions among young athletes" and filling in the "gaps in scientific research into brain injuries." The Obama administration is "highlighting new commitments to address concussion concerns," including a $30M study by the NCAA and Defense Department, $25M from the NFL to promote youth sports safety and a National Institutes of Health project to "measure the effects of repetitive concussions" (WSJ.com, 5/28). In N.Y., Shear & Belson note Obama "will not, however, call for new regulations or legislation aimed at requiring the use of specific helmets or restricting certain sports for young children" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/29). CBSSPORTS.com's Jon Solomon wrote the NCAA/Pentagon project will create a database to "comprehensively track the natural histories of concussions." The "goal is to produce research on concussion risks, treatment and management by studying how concussions evolve over time" (CBSSPORTS.com, 5/28).