Washington, D.C. (WKBW) - President Obama told CBS News he is a big fan of football but wants to keep players safe. He said that he is not so worried about pro-athletes but is focusing on youth sports. Those younger athletes may not know the risk and symptoms of concussions after a hard hit.
Obama has two daughters but said that if he had a son, he may think twice about allowing him to play football. He said he is glad extensive research is being done to learn more.
"A concussion is not as apparent as a broken bone to players or even doctors," Baltimore Ravens Center Matt Birk said.
Many sporting-good companies are already working on safety equipment. Reebok developed a senor that fits under helmets to detect the number of hits and strength of impact. The light flashes red, green or yellow to let players, coaches and parents know if there is a potential head injury.
Obama is hoping this device, along with other research, will decrease the number of head injuries, while also making people aware of the growing problem.