Dr. Robb Rehberg, co-founder and Executive Director of Sport Safety International, recently participated in the Aspen Institute roundtable on the future of youth and high school football in the United States on Friday, November 9, 2012, in Washington, D.C.
Rehberg joined a prestigious panel of leaders and experts from the media, education, academia, and representatives from the military, NFL, Brain Injury Research Institute, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Children’s National Medical Center, the NFL, American Youth Football and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, among others examined playing safety for the future of youth football.
The event, hosted by the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, was be moderated by Tom Farrey, director of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program and ESPN reporter.
Featured guests include DeMaurice Smith, executive director, National Football League Players Association, and Dr. Robert Cantu, the author of Concussions and Our Kids.
In addition to Rehberg, other participants included: Brooke de Lench, MomsTEAM Founder and Publisher, Jon Butler, executive director, Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.; Christine Brennan, sports columnist, USA Today; Scott Hallenbeck, executive director, USA Football; Eddie Mason, former NFL linebacker and president, Mase Training, LLC; William Mayer, owner of UFL’s Virginia Destroyers and chairman emeritus of the Aspen Institute; and Chris Nowinski, executive director, Sports Legacy Institute.
The roundtable focused on the playing safety of youth football a sport that is played by about three million young people in the United State, according to USA Football. The panel examined safety in the sport with relation to concussions, and overall injury patterns (as football produces more total injuries than all other boy’s high school sports combined, according to annual data). Additionally, the group examined football’s role in reducing childhood obesity.
The program delivered on the mission of the Sports & Society to convene leaders, foster dialogue, and inspire solutions that help sport serve the public interest, with a focus on the development of healthy children and communities.
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners.
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