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Obama to host summit on concussions in youth sports

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President Obama this month will host a summit at the White House devoted to the issue of concussions in youth sports, an administration official said Thursday.

“On May 29th, President Obama will host a @WhiteHouse summit on youth sports safety and concussions,” Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, said on Twitter.

Obama has already waded into the debate over the spate of concussions in the National Football League.

And he made headlines by suggesting that if he had a son, he would not let him play professional football.

But Obama also said that professional athletes were well aware of the dangers when they took the field.

“At this point, there's a little bit of caveat emptor," Obama told the New Yorker. "These guys, they know what they're doing. They know what they're buying into. It is no longer a secret. It's sort of the feeling I have about smokers, you know?"

Obama, an avid Chicago sports fan, has weighed in on a number of recent sports events, including the selection of openly gay football player Michael Sam by the St. Louis Rams and the lifetime ban given to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

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