LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A former Washington Redskins player is expected to join President Barack Obama for a concussion summit at the White House on Thursday.
Reed Doughty appeared in 107 games for the Redskins from 2006 until 2013. The 31-year-old was not offered a new deal when his contract expired at the end of last season.
Attending the @WhiteHouse concussion summit today. Excited to be part of an event that addresses an important issue.—
Reed Doughty (@doughty37) May 29, 2014
Also attending is LaVar Arrington, as revealed on Twitter by 106.7 The Fan program director Chris Kinard.
Chris Kinard (@ChrisKinard) May 28, 2014
The summit on youth concussions will feature representatives from various professional sports leagues, as well as coaches, parents, athletes, and researchers.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is also expected to attend the event.
A report published last fall by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council found a disturbing lack of data on concussions, primarily in youth sports. According to the report, a “culture of resistance” in self-reporting head injuries remains prevalent among young athletes. In addition, the demographic displays an adherence to concussion treatment plans.
Obama is expected to announce financial commitments from both the public and private sectors that will raise awareness and continue to fund research.
The NFL will commit $25 million towards the education of safety in youth sports over the next three years, according to the Washington Times.