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President Obama / Carolyn Kaster, AP

President Obama hits the field Thursday to talk about ways to reduce concussions in football and other sports.

Obama hosts the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, which will include young athletes, parents, coaches, academics, experts, military servicemembers, and others who have studied the problem.

Some of the organizations sending representatives to the event, including the National Football League, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the National Institutes of Health, have contributed millions to research new safety measures.

Nearly 250,000 children and young adults go to emergency rooms each year with concussions or other brain injuries sustained in sports activities, says the White House.

Obama addresses the concussion summit in the late morning.

In the mid-afternoon, Obama will join students participating in the summit for a sports clinic on the South Lawn of the White House.



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