Study: Girls Suffer Worse Concussions than Boys

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local sports medicine specialist says it’s not really known why girls appear to suffer worse concussions than boysbut parents need to be aware of it.

“No one really knows why at this point that females, especially younger females in the teenage range, are more susceptible to concussions,” says St. Louis University Hospital’s Scott Kaar. “The brain is developing into the mid-20s. For whatever reason, females have a higher chance of a concussion, and their concussion symptoms afterwards last longer.”

Kaar warns parents that if your child has taken a blow to the head and has a headache, memory loss, trouble concentrating, light and noise sensitivity or nausea, you need to seek out an expert.

“If you are at all suspicious of a concussion, whether it’s during a game or later on in the evening, you should have that child evaluated by a physician or a medical advisor who deals with concussions.”

Kaar says that girls take average of 56 days to be symptom-free, and boys take 34 days.

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