Concussion Effects Last Longer for Female Athletes


Recovery from concussion may take longer for a female athlete than their male counterpart. In a study from the University of Pittsburgh by Alexis Chiang Colvin, M.D., reported at the American Orthopaedic Society meeting in Orlando, female soccer players were noted to have lower neurocognitive scores and reported more symptoms than male peers after a concussion.

This is important for players and coaches in responding to concussion injuries among female athletes. Players with prior concussion histories had more problems with overall memory, reaction time and visual processing speed. Coaches need to be vigilant in noting athletes with prior concussive injuries and acting conservatively to remove them from play. For players without a history of concussion it is important to rapidly identify a potential concussion and make the important decision to have the individual further evaluated. Returning athletes with potential concussion to play can result in additional injuries and greater risk for long term neurocognitive problems.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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