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Women May Be at Higher Risk for Sports-related Concussion Than Men

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Women athletes are 50 percent more likely than male athletes to have a sports-related concussion, according to a preliminary study. “Sports-related concussion is a significant public health problem and research has typically focused on male athletes,” said author James Noble, MD, of Columbia University in New York, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). “Studies comparing male and female college athletes have often been limited in size and had incomplete follow-ups.” This study looked at 1,203 athletes from 2000-2014 at Columbia University and included 822 men and 381 women who participated in sports like soccer, basketball and football. Participants took tests to measure thinking skills and processing speed before and after a concussion. The researchers also tracked symptoms and when participants returned to play after a concussion.

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