Approximately 41 percent of the concussions reported by high school aged athletes are among young girls, recording about 3 million concussions per year. The most common sport for female athletes to incur concussions is soccer.
A recent study assessed 812 high school students with concussions during a two-year period, with 202 of those concussions occurring in boys. The primary symptom reported among both sexes was headaches. Males reported amnesia and confusion or disorientation more frequently as primary symptoms to concussion than females did.
Among secondary symptoms, drowsiness and sensitivity to noise were reported significantly more frequently among the girls than the boys. The study reported no difference in resolution or return-to-play time.
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Girls and Boys Show Different Symptoms After ConcussionsWritten by Laura Miller | September 26, 2011
Elizabeth Arendt, MD, and Margo Putukian, MD, recently authored a report in AAOS Now about the differences in symptoms between young men and women who incur sports-related concussions.
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