Sport Study: Female athletes more likely than males to report concussion symptoms

23:35  19 may  2017
23:35  19 may  2017 Source:   USA TODAY SPORTS

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In this respect, according to a recent study, young men and women differ greatly.

According to a piece published in the latest issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, young female athletes are far more likely than their male counterparts to report concussive symptoms.

The study - performed by researchers from Youngstown State University, Michigan State University and Duquesne University - looked at a total of 288 high school athletes across seven sports (198 males, 68.8%; 90 females, 32.2%) in the mid-Michigan region.

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The study , "Sex Differences in Concussion Symptoms of High School Athletes ," is published in the January 2011 Journal of Athletic Training. Gender differences in symptom type. Males were more likely than females to report amnesia and confusion/disorientation (both cognitive symptoms ) than

Another 2011 study 4 reported that, for all athletes , concussion rates in high school athletics have increased by 16% annually from the 1997-1998 to 2007-2008 Whether female high school athletes are more likely than male athletes for have symptoms that persist longer than 7 days is also unclear.

Among the key points made by the study released by the National Athletic Trainers' Association were these:

High school males and females had similar concussion knowledge, but females were more likely to use that knowledge to report a sport-related concussion.

Males were 4 to 11 times more likely than females to not report a sport-related concussion for reasons focused on the reactions and perceptions of others.

Large percentages of male and female athletes did not report a sport-related concussion because they did not think it was serious.

Theory-based interventions are warranted to overcome the stigmas associated with the male sport culture.

It would appear old habits die hard. The study appears to hit on some of the fundamental differences between males and females and how they interact with their teammates, peers and coaches.

As the study suggests, this knowledge will serve researchers and those involved in athletics well as they develop more specialized education materials and risk reduction interventions for sports-related concussions.

You can read the entire study here.

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