When's the last time you read a story about sports concussions? If you're like me, within the last week–it's been all over the news lately. Now ask yourself this: when is the last time you read about a female getting a sports-related concussion? In some sports, girls actually sustain more brain injuries than boys, but you wouldn't know that from watching recent reports.
The Times has a great article about the tendency to ignore concussions that happen to female athletes. Here's an excerpt:
According to a study to be published in the Journal of Athletic Training, in high school soccer, girls sustained concussions 68 percent more often than boys did. Female concussion rates in high school basketball were almost three times higher than among boys.
Girls also consistently took longer for their symptoms to resolve and to return to play. The study, conducted by researchers at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, examined data submitted by 425 certified athletic trainers across the United States during the 2005-06 academic year. According to the National Federation of High School Sports Associations, 1 million youngsters play high school basketball and 700,000 play high school soccer each year; male participation is only slightly higher than among girls.