Girls and Sports Related Concussions

Posted On: May 8, 2012

In sports played by both sexes, girls are reporting nearly twice as many concussions. This story was aired on NBC Today this morning and Dr. Angela Sinner, pediatric rehabilitation physician at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare shares her comments.

Watch the video here: Girls and Sports Related Concussions

Angela Sinner, D.O.

Dr. Angela Sinner’s comment: This story shows real female student/athletes and their challenges with concussions. Two of the girls illustrate atypical, though real, outcomes following concussions. They experience long-term effects: nausea, headaches, light sensitivity, and challenges at school.

In the neurotrauma clinic at Gillette, we work hard to help patients heal properly from their concussions through rest after the injury and support as needed. Those are the first steps in attempting to prevent the long-term effects of a concussion and to avoid repeated concussions. We were told that one of these girls sat out for an extended period–the rest of her soccer season–after her first concussion.

Across the country, researchers have work to do to better understand female athletes and their risk of concussion, so we can ensure we manage their conditions optimally.