When most people think about concussions, the first sport that generally comes to mind is football. However, researchers have found that girls may suffer concussions more frequently than boys. It also appears that girls recover from concussions differently than boys do, too.
Does a Girl’s Longer Neck Increase Her Risk of Concussion?
According the director of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Concussion Clinic, women don’t have the same muscle protection in their necks to control head movements. In addition, girls may also report concussions more often than boys do, which could skew the numbers.
If football is forgotten for a moment, girls suffer far more concussions in high school and collegiate sports than boys. Concussions aren’t discriminatory, though. Those who suffer from multiple concussions can suffer devastating damage, which could be permanent.
Return to Playing Field Too Soon
One 17-year-old girl said that she had suffered a concussion. Instead of remaining on the sidelines, she chose to return to playing softball, hoping to impress college coaches. She suffered another concussion. This time, the effects were more serious. She was nauseous and dizzy. She said she began to suffer from migraines and neck pains.
According to a pediatric neurologist and the medical director of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Children’s Health Concussion Clinic, the teen girl’s brain wasn’t healed and that is likely why she has had more prolonged symptoms. The girl said she never would have gone back in so soon if she knew how much damage concussions could truly deliver. Now she must pass cognitive, balance and vision tests before she can be cleared to play softball again.
Parents Need to Watch Their Athletes Closely
Parents need to seek medical care for their children and teens if they appear tearful, emotionally flat, unusually fatigued or confused. If a parent sees that his or her child is not acting quite right during a game, then he or she needs to tell the coach that the child needs to sit out. If a child suffers a concussion, he or she should not play again until a physician clears it.
Who Is Responsible for Sports Concussions?
Have you or your loved one suffered a sports concussion? If so, you may want to see if someone’s negligence or recklessness is to blame. An attorney experienced in sports concussion cases can provide information on your legal options.
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