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At the first-ever sports safety summit at the White House, President Obama said ‘concussions are not just a football issue’ but a sports health issue. (Source: POOL/CNN) At the first-ever sports safety summit at the White House, President Obama said ‘concussions are not just a football issue’ but a sports health issue. (Source: POOL/CNN)

WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) – The White House hosted a day-long summit on sports-related concussions on Thursday.

It's the first-ever healthy kids and safe sports concussion summit.

"Even if we don't agree on everything, the one thing we can agree on is sports is vital to this country and it's a responsibility for us to make sure that young talented kids like Tori are able to participate as safely as possible and that we are doing our job both as parents and school administrators, coaches to look after them in a way they need to be looked after," Obama said. "That's job No. 1."

More than 200 participants, including the National Football League, professional athletes and the Pentagon discussed what can be done to help educate parents and athletes on how to better prevent concussions and protect athletes' brains.

"Concussions are not just a football issue," Obama said. "They don't just affect grown men who choose to accept some risk to play a game they love and that they excel at every season you got boys and girls who are getting a concussion in lacrosse, soccer, wrestling, ice hockey as well as football."

President Obama plans to unveil a number of new initiatives by the NFL, NCAA, and others, aimed at helping prevent and better manage concussions.

"We've got to have better research, better data, better safety equipment, better protocols," Obama said. "We've got to have every parent, coach and teacher recognize the signs of concussions, and we need more athletes to understand how important it is to do what we can to prevent injuries and to admit them when they do happen. We have to change a culture that says 'you suck it up.'"

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