Obama Calls For More Research on Concussions

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - President Obama says there are no solid numbers on the extent of how bad concussions are when it comes to football and other sports.

While there are no concussion free helmets, the NFL, doctors and others say more research can help find a solution.

"We try to have the motto, when in don't sit them out and that's kind of our motto about concussions," said Jeff Holloway, Concussion Specialist the USC School Medicine.

Football fans love seeing the big hit. But some of those hits can cause long term brain damage or even death.

"They can be very dangerous; unfortunately in the past they got a good reputation where people thought they weren't that big of a deal. They were just a little ding to the head and you would get over it quickly."

Holloway believes that we've come a long way to better recognize concussions but he says there is still more work to be done.

"Say a kid gets a concussion we don't have good data to say if that kid should ever go back and play. So there are things out there that might be able to give parents and athletes the full information that they might need. "

This entire month we've told you about our investigation into the football helmets used by midlands schools.

A Virginia Tech Study rated the helmets on a five star rating and since our story more than 200 unsafe helmets have been pulled from Midlands schools.

Holloway also says athletes need to wear their helmets properly and be taught how to tackle properly.

"Most kids to get better and do ok. But it just takes a few kids that we miss that can have long term problems from these injuries. "

We also have an update on the helmets at Calhoun County High School. Their entire inventory of helmets received a 2 out of 5 star rating.

Coach Kimrey tells News 19 the safety of his athletes are his primary concern and they are working on replacing those helmets as the budget allows.


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