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Obama Says He Might Have Had Mild Concussion Playing Football as a Kid

President Barack Obama discussed his own injury history on Thursday at the first-ever White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, speculating he suffered from “mild” concussions when he was younger.

Before the awareness was out there, when I was young and played football briefly, there were a couple of times where I’m sure that that ringing sensation in my head and the need to sit down for a while might have been a mild concussion, and at the time you didn’t think anything of it. The awareness is improved today, but not by much.

Thursday’s summit is intended to find new ways to prevent and treat head injuries in youth athletes.

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