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.