You know traumatic brain injury has becomes a major topic when the President is commenting on it. President Obama was speaking to The New Republic magazine when he expressed concern about the number of dangerous injuries we are seeing in football players.
He was especially worried about the amateur college players rather than the “grown mean” playing in the National Football League who are represented by a union and receive a salary. Obama, a confessed sports lover, said that he would “think long and hard” before allowing a son to play football, if he had one.
Obama doesn’t have to worry about that, as he has his two daughters who have shown no interest in playing the sport, rather than any sons. “You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on,” the President said. He then continued on to say that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) should consider rule changes, or “think about” the issue.
Of course, even the President admits that taming the violence in the sport “may make it a bit less exciting,” which many are hesitant about. The sport has built an entire industry and image based around the violent nature of the game. But taming the beast “will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much.”
According to Bloomberg.com the article will be published in the February 11 issue of The New Republic.