Partnership Launched to Address Concussions in Young Athletes

Partnership Launched to Address Concussions in Young Athletes

The White House has announced a public-private partnership to advance research on concussions in young athletes and raise awareness of steps to prevent, identify, and respond to brain injuries.

Announced during the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussions Summit, commitments include a $30 million joint initiative between the NCAA and the Department of Defense to conduct a three-year study of the risks, treatment, and management of concussions that, among other things, will monitor 37,000 male and female NCAA student-athletes; a three-year, $25 million pledge from the NFL to promote youth sports safety; and $10 million from New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch to the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program in support of sports concussion prevention, outreach, research, and treatment efforts as well as the development of a national system to determine the incidence of youth sports-related concussions.

Other efforts announced at the summit include a comprehensive pediatric and adolescent concussion registry to be created by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, a Safe Kids Worldwide initiative that will host more than two hundred sports safety clinics across the country.

"Hopefully, twenty years from today, athletes won't be discovering the head injuries that football players now are discovering they may have gotten when they were playing in high school and college," Tisch told the Los Angeles Times. "This is kind of a new frontier."