Sports-Related Concussions are More Frequent in Women and Girls

Dr. Harary indicates that there are two major possibilities; “One is that girls generally have weaker neck muscles, which increases their susceptibility. The other is that boys are more likely than girls to hide their symptoms.” 

A number of other factors have also been researched to explain these differences. While males might be more likely to hide symptoms, females have also been found to display more visible signs of concussions, such as vision or balance problems. Additionally, females take longer to heal from concussions than males. As these differences generally start to come about during puberty, it is likely that hormones have something to do with it. Women have also been found to take longer to heal during menstruation, which suggests a connection to the hormone progesterone.

“More research needs to be done in order to learn more,” says Dr. Harary, as the nature of these differences between men and women and how they impact concussions are still largely unknown. This has caused some women’s soccer players and other female athletes to pledge their brains to science so that more work can be done and so that one day we will better understand what puts women at risk.

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