Women's concussion: higher rates, longer recovery, more symptoms, less info

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Women's concussion: higher rates, longer recovery, more symptoms, less info

Postby weg » Sun 09 Jul 2017, 8:30 pm

Scathing article on female sport concussion, discussing lack of research, higher injury rates (head size, neck strength, hormones), longer recovery and less information from coaches. It doesn't address cycling specifically, but it's a good read (with a potted video version). http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/articl ... oncussions

Women suffer more concussions than men in the sports that both play, with an injury rate 50 percent higher, according to the most recent research. Female athletes with brain trauma tend to suffer different symptoms, take longer to recover and hold back information about their injuries for different reasons than males.' ...'

Biomechanics might be one reason for that. On average, women have shorter and thinner necks than men and approximately 50 percent less neck strength. In general, that means females have less of a buffer against anything their heads might slam, whether it's a ball, another player's elbow or the ground. Their skulls experience greater acceleration when their bodies whiplash-and it's that motion that jars a brain and leads to a concussion, like scrambling a yolk without necessarily cracking an egg. ...

But the subject wasn't studied much again until 2013, when a team from the University of Rochester recorded data on the menstrual cycles of women who went to emergency rooms with concussions. It found that females who were injured at a point in their cycles when their progesterone levels should have been high suffered more symptoms afterward. "That's counterintuitive, because in animal studies, progesterone has a neuroprotective effect," says Jeffrey Bazarian, one of the Rochester researchers. "But concussion might disrupt its production, shut it off and lead to an abrupt decrease in the blood." ...

In 2016, the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation reviewed the scientific literature on concussion since 1980. It found that of 221 published papers, just 7 percent of them broke out their data by sex. "Brain science follows society," Brooks says.

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Re: Women's concussion: higher rates, longer recovery, more symptoms, less info

Postby Canuck » Mon 10 Jul 2017, 9:16 pm

Thanks for sharing

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