Concussion and its effects on sportswomen

A special report on ‘The damaging effects of concussion on our sportswomen’ has been published by The Telegraph.

The report looks at the incidences of concussion in sport through real stories, including that of British hockey Olympian Nicola White.   Effects of concussion are covered in the piece including migraines and daily headaches; constant noise in the ears and head; the inability to walk in a straight line; and mood and personality changes, such as becoming more snappy.   The piece explores the invisible injury, citing research including studies focusing on female collegiate athletes in the US showing that women are more prone to concussion than men in comparable sports.   Dr Doug Smith, vice-chairman of neurosurgery University of Pennsylvania, explains in the report why female brains are more prone to damage by concussion.   The report also cites 10 sportswomen who have experienced the debilitating effects of concussion.   Shona McCallin, England hockey player, was hit in the head during a match last year and was sidelined for 10 months. She told The Telegraph: “Planning and trying to live a normal life was impossible.”   For more information on concussion our booklet Concussion in children and young people: a guide for families, teachers and sports coaches, can be ordered for just £1 postage and packaging. Concussion is also covered on our information pages.
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