While much of the attention regarding concussions in the past year has focused on men in California and around the country who play contact sports, a new study sheds light on the problems women who receive concussions face. According to the study, women are twice as likely as men to suffer from concussions, and they may also have worse prognoses when they do.
The study, published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, looked at women who play sports such as soccer or lacrosse. The researchers found the increased risk for women. They also found that women tend to take longer to recover from concussions.
The researchers point to a couple of factors about why women face higher risks. First, the female brain is larger than the male one, making it more likely to be injured when the head is hit. Second, since women have smaller necks, they tend to have a greater whiplash-like effect when their head suffers trauma, causing the brain to bounce with more force. Finally, the researchers point to the fact that many women may try to compensate for perceived gender differences and play harder at sports than their male counterparts.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can result from a physical force to the head. These injuries may occur in any situation in which a person receives a head trauma, including the military, sports and car accidents. A person who receives a traumatic brain injury may suffer from permanent brain damage as a result. Some people may need personal care attendants for the rest of their lives to help them with daily tasks. People who have been injured in this way as the result of another person’s negligence may want to have the assistance of an attorney in pursuing compensation from the at-fault party.