more research is needed to better understand how gender impacts the frequency and severity of concussions, why female athletes are so susceptible to sports-related brain injuries and how to better protect female athletes from these injuries. That’s where the idea for the Women’s Sports Safety Initiative came from. The Initiative is dedicated to advancing the lives of women and girls by raising awareness of sports-related injuries and the unique factors affecting women’s susceptibility to and recovery from injury.
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.