A study published October 2nd in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association revealed that girls playing in sports can have concussions that last longer than boys.
Concussion symptoms can linger twice as long for teenaged girls in comparison to boys. Dr. John Neidecker, a sports concussion specialist in Raleigh, NC who was the lead researcher in this study had his fears confirmed in this study.
“These findings confirm what many in sports medicine have believed for some time”, said Neidecker.
Previous research done showed girls may have underlying issues caused by concussion that are more prevalent. This includes migraines, depression, anxiety, and stress.
Neidecker and his colleagues pointed out that this is why girls need more recovery time and why it takes longer for recovery for a girl.
It’s often at the age of a teenager for a concussion to be misdiagnosed and labeled off as just a headache. Concussions usually set in after the fact, leading to a long road to recovery.
In 2008, a report came out with 29,167 high school soccer girls with a concussion compared to 20,929 boys soccer players.
Neidecker and his research team focused on 102 girls and 110 boys aged between 11 and 18, with first time concussions. Symptoms would last for a median 28 days for females and 11 days for boys.
Symptoms would clear up in three weeks in 75% of boys and 42% of girls.
Neidecker knows teenagers can be resisted on talking about their issues but as long as he talks, he can get it out of them.
Neidecker encourages doctors to always check their patient history to make sure there is no complications in recovery.