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Longer recovery noted for women and teens following concussion injuries

A Michigan State University study demonstrated women and teens take longer to recover from concussion injuries.  Females between the ages of 14 to 23 demonstrated worse performance than male counterparts in both cognitive testing and concussion symptoms.

In my own practice it’s common to see a woman have a greater degree of concussion and a longer recovery than a male who may have been in the same auto accident.  Part of the reason is that a woman has a higher risk index of injury due to their head to neck ratio as opposed to a man’s.  This study is important because it draws attention to not only an increased risk for women in general, but more specifically to teen women which the study showed had taken twice as long to recover than college females.

Source: The American Journal of Sports Medicine  Photo: CC BY 2.5

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