Higher concussion rates among girls taking part in high school sports

Girls taking part in high school sports show significantly higher concussion rate than boys, according to a US study.

High school girls are not only at greater risk of suffering concussion than boys, but female soccer players suffer the most concussions, according to research presented to the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The study also found that overall concussion rates have increased. A summary by Science Daily explained that researchers examined injury data supplied by high schools between 2005 and 2015. The study included over 40,000 athletes taking part in nine different sports including American football, soccer, basketball and wrestling.   While the study’s authors believe that the rise in overall concussion rates is due to better awareness and diagnosis, they hypothesise that the increased risk to female soccer players may be due to lack of protective gear and regularly heading the ball. Wellington Hsu, MD, professor of orthopaedics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and lead author of the study explained: "While American football has been both scientifically and colloquially associated with the highest concussion rates, our study found that girls, and especially those who play soccer, may face a higher risk. "The new knowledge presented in this study can lead to policy and prevention measures to potentially halt these trends."
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