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Girls Get Concussions, Too


I’m Rachelle Grossman with your latest health
news. You’ve probably heard about the increased attention being paid toward athletes, specifically
NFL football players and concussion rates.. but new research shows some attention should
also be paid toward female athletes. A recent study shows that in many sports, women are
the ones most likely to get concussions. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that
alters the way your brain functions. Symptoms include headaches and problems with concentration,
memory, balance and coordination. The study found that female softball players experienced
concussions at double the rate of male baseball players. Women also had higher concussion
rates in basketball and soccer. But the highest concussion rate goes to female ice hockey
players — and not male football players. Study authors say differences in women’s
bodies may account for the disparity, meaning the smaller size of female heads and necks
could make them more susceptible to concussions.

Cesar Sullivan

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