Sports Medicine studies have shown that women are at higher risks or are more prone to concussions – also known as traumatic brain injury – than men.
Healthpointe healthcare providers are more diligent about detecting the signs and symptoms of concussions in women because many of their cases are unexpected.
High school female athletes, for example, suffer traumatic brain injury more often than their male counterparts, with the most affected playing soccer and basketball.
In high school soccer, females suffer concussions 68 percent more than males. In basketball, the concussion rates for high school female players were three times higher than for males.
The higher incidence of concussions in women can partly be attributed to the increased prevalence among them to “stop playing it safe.” Their involvement in contact sports is now characterized by higher intensity, resulting in increased risks for injuries like concussions.
Other reasons for increased concussion rates among female athletes include:
- Women have smaller heads in comparison to men; blows to their heads are more likely to cause damage.
- Women have less developed muscles in their necks, which are less likely to absorb the impact of blows to their heads.
- Women have hormonal changes that make their recovery period longer than their male counterparts.
For more information about safety while playing sports, contact any of the Healthpointe clinics, such as the La Mirada clinic by Whittier, La Habra, Norwalk, Cerritos, Buena Park, and Santa Fe Springs.
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