Sports can be risky no matter who you are. One new study shined particular light on a possible gender gap in concussion risk for athIetes. It may not be the last word on this topic, but it could encourage others to take a closer look at possible head injuries in women's sports.
In a press release from the American Academy of Neurology, the study's author, Dr. James Noble, described the findings. Out of a total survey size of 1,203 sports-playing Columbia University respondents of both genders, Noble and the other researchers found that women athletes had a 50 percent higher likelihood of sustaining a concussion during play than men.
" Women athletes had a 50 percent higher likelihood of sustaining a concussion than men."
Though there were fewer women in the study then men, a higher percentage of female athletes said they had experienced at least one concussion. There were also uneven symptoms: While a greater percentage of women said they suffered insomnia after a concussion, 11 percent more men said they experienced amnesia.
Speaking to MedPage, Dr. Noble referred to a skew in concussion studies. Although his report looked at some sports that both men and women play, like soccer and basketball, there may be a tendency to focus too much on male divisions instead of female risk factors, he said.
"Concussion research has been heavily focused on male sports including football," Noble said. "In our study, both male and female athletes with a history of concussion were more likely to get another concussion, and female athletes particularly appeared to be more prone to recurrent concussion."
In the end, college athletes need to take head pain seriously, no matter who they are or what they play. Bronston Chiropractic and our Medical Division (or Community Care Clinic) can help you with physicals, diagnoses and treatments for specific sports-related issues.