WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Sport Concussions And Gender

By: Pat St. Claire
By: Pat St. Claire

In the U-S, 21 percent of the nearly one-point-six million sports-related concussions involve high school students every year.

But a new study finds what warning signs doctors should look for will depend on if the student is a boy or girl.

Here's Pat St. Claire with today's Health Minute.

Although males still dominate the high school playing field, according to a recent survey, about 41% of high school athletes are female. And they suffer injuries just like the guys do.

But a new study, sponsored by the National Athletic Trainer's Association indicates girls often report different types of symptoms than boys when suffering concussions.

By collecting two years of data from the high school sport-related injury surveillance system, investigators found that after-effects recorded for student athletes who sustained concussions varied by sex.

Researchers found headache was the most commonly reported symptom-- for both boys and girls . But males were more likely to report amnesia and confusion than female atheletes. Females reported they were tired and sensitive to noise, more often than the male students.

Sports medicine experts believe it's important to note the differences in the way females respond to concussions-- otherwise doctors could miss diagnosing concussions in young women.

Since this is the first time researchers have looked at concussion symptom differences in the sexes, study authors believe more research is needed to better understand why the symptoms vary.

For Today's Health Minute, I'm Pat St.Claire.

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