A recent NPR article by Jon Hamilton highlights the fact that, in terms of concussion, women are fast closing the gender gap. Previously, one of the issues in understanding the gendered response to head injuries has been the lack of research into women's concussion.
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 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?
No two people are created equally, and it turns out neither are their concussions. Now, according to a new study by the Women Sports Safety Initiative (WSSI), we can glean that women and girls suffer higher rates Read more…