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President Obama spoke on Thursday about the issue of traumatic brain injury centred around the NFL concussions and recalled childhood incidents where he experienced mild concussions whilst playing football.

Obama has detailed his own experiences with mild concussions and has called for parents, fans and coaches to stop expecting athletes to just "suck it up" and play on despite suffering from injury.

During a White House summit, the President discussed of the epidemic of traumatic brain injury and said: "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."

He continued by saying: "At the time you didn't think anything of it. The awareness is improved today, but not by much."

Obama stated that he believes the sports culture in America needs to change and the identification of concussion should be more stringent and carefully dissected.

The shocking evidence that has come to light over the past few years detailing the effects of football and concussions has called for the President to take on the responsibility of helping raise consciousness of the cause.

An avid football fan and a supporter of the Chicago Bears, President Obama intends to keep shining a light on the problem that involves everyone from the professional ranks in the NFL, right down to grassroots with little league.

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