Women suffer more concussions than men in the sports that both play, with an injury rate 50 percent higher, according to the most recent research. Female athletes with brain trauma tend to suffer different symptoms, take longer to recover and hold back information about their injuries for different reasons than males.
The lead author of a new study, Dr. Wellington Hsu, has an important message for parents, coaches, and athletic trainers: “While American football has been both scientifically and colloquially associated with the highest concussion rates, our study found that girls, and especially those who play soccer, may face a higher risk.”
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The majority of Americans are not aware that concussions affect males and females differently, and that females actually suffer from a higher rate of concussions than males in similar sports, according to a national survey in a new report by the Women Sports Safety Initiative, a special project fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation dedicated to advancing the lives of women and girls by raising awareness of sports-related injuries.
When people talk about concussions (and their after-effects), they’re often talking about football. But Blue Cross Blue Shield this week released a new report showing that female concussion diagnoses increased 43 percent from 2010 through 2015 in the U.S. But where does the responsibility lie for preventing and addressing concussions, no matter what sport (and at what age) the athletes are playing?
Now, according to a new study by the Women Sports Safety Initiative (WSSI), we can glean that women and girls suffer higher rates of concussions, take longer to recover from those concussions, and are often more severely impacted due to hormonal differences. In short, concussions are much worse on women than they are on men.
One topic in particular that I am passionate about is concussion safety and during my time in the state legislature, I authored a number of bills focused on this topic, including AB 25, a concussion safety bill that placed California alongside Washington as the states with the toughest return-to-play laws for student athletes, into law.
The culture of “staying in the game” is changing, but kids still believe they need to be tough and play through injuries. Too often, they’re afraid to tell their coaches, trainers or parents when they think they have a concussion. Training coaches to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion will help ensure athletes are removed as soon as possible and reduce their risk for further injury.