Report Shows Girls 50% More Likely to Get Concussions in High School Sports

Concussions studies point to a higher risk of girls getting concussions in high school sports than boys. The study shows that girls have a 50% higher chance of getting concussed compared to their male counterparts.

The link indicates that better prevention and more research needs to be done in the field to curb concussions.

The researchers conducting the study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill state that parents need to be more active participants in concussion prevention. Athletes also need to be more active in preventing concussions, too. The report doesn’t make it clear whether physical or equipment differences impact a girls’ risk of concussions.

Researchers also theorize that girls may report their concussions while boys may not.

The study finds that 2 million high schoolers compete in sports where concussions are popular. The team conducting the study utilized data from the National Athletic Treatment, Injury and Outcomes Network. The network includes information on concussion rates in 27 sports across 147 high schools.

Concussions were three times more common in competition than in practice, with an average of 4 concussions per 10,000 practices or competitions and football rates of 9.21 concussions per 10,000 practices.

Player-to-player contact had the biggest impact on concussions.

Softball and baseball concussion rates among girls was four times higher than boys. Repeat injuries occurred in 3% of occurrences, with females in field hockey and lacrosse at the highest risk of a repeat concussion.

Nearly 25% of players that had a concussion had symptoms for 28 days or more.

Researchers state that the most startling data to come out of the study is that high school concussion rates may exceed that of college sport concussion rates in some cases.

The research comes at a time where record high concussion class action settlements against the NFL are levied. It’s estimated that 20,000 former players and their family are part of the class action lawsuit against the NFL, which must pay damages over the next 65 years to players and their families.

Concussion settlement claims in the NFL allege that the NFL knew the severity of concussions, with claims of negligence on part of the NFL. The National Hockey League is also facing a similar lawsuit from retired players.

The NHL has faced similar claims in the past, with all cases settled outside of the courtroom. The recent case began in 2013, with the NHL in the hot seat on multiple occasions. The league once called the players puppets and insinuated that they didn’t have the mental capacity to write stories about their injuries or deteriorating health.

The league has also criticized Boston University’s CTE Center, which studies concussions and the impact of head blows on CTE.

Judge Susan Richard Nelson unsealed additional NHL emails which details how Commissioner Gary Bettman’s stance on concussions and CTE. The emails also show that the commissioner asked Deputy Commissioner Billy Daly if there was any grounds for cutting former referee Kerry Fraser’s severe pay after he criticized the league for not suspending a player that elbowed another player.