According to a study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, girls who play sports in high school are twice as likely to suffer a concussion compared to male athletes. In addition to suffering concussions at a higher rate, women may take longer to recover from them as well. Another study that was published in Radiology analyzed MRIs in men and women that were taken both immediately after they suffered a concussion and then six weeks after the injury.
While most of the male brains returned to normal after six weeks passed, the female brains continued to show decreased activity. Many of the women also showed decreased memory as well. One reason why women may be more likely to suffer from a concussion is that their brains tend to be large. This leaves women more prone to whiplash after experiencing a hit to the head.
Women may also be more sensitive to damage from concussions because of the estrogen in their body. The hormone causes extra neural sensitivity, which may exacerbate the damage that is caused by the blow to the head. Another hypothesis is that women suffer more damage from concussions because they try to play through it instead of getting help immediately after the injury occurs.
Although concussions are often associated with contact sports, they frequently arise as a result of sudden falls or automobile accidents People who have suffered a head injury that was caused by the negligence of another party may want to speak with a personal injury attorney to determine the best way to seek compensation for medical expenses and other losses that have been sustained.