Concussions Are More Common in Girl Athletes
Among high school athletes, girls are more than 50 percent more likely than boys to sustain a concussion in sports in which both girls and boys participate, according to a recent U.S. study. The reasons for this discrepancy are not fully understood, but results of the study suggest additional research and better concussion prevention strategies are needed.
There are about 8 million high school student-athletes in the United States and about 2 million of them participate in sports with the highest concussion rates: football, ice hockey, lacrosse, and soccer. According to researchers, 60 percent of concussions in boys and 40 percent of concussions in girls result from player-to-player contact.
In sports that are popular among both girls and boys, concussion rates are about 56 percent higher in girls, and in baseball and softball, the female concussion rate is four times higher than the male concussion rate. Research shows that boys are less likely than girls to report concussion symptoms, which could account for the discrepancy.
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