Girl Soccer Players Are Five Times More Likely to Return to the Game After a Concussion Than Boys
New research has found that girl soccer players, on average, were five times more likely to have returned to the field that same day as boys were, and that overall, 40 percent of the players — both boys and girls — continued playing on the day they were injured. Dr. Sara Chrisman, who studies adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, has seen first hand the reluctance of young athletes to report a concussion to a coach. “A 15-year-old is not going to tell you they have a headache,” she says. “The whole culture is not designed in that way, especially for some of the sports that have a toughness element to them.” Though the research findings are interesting, she says, she’s also cautious about putting too much stock into the final results.
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