HSS Minute: Sex Differences and Concussion Rates For Certain Sports (Study)

HSS Minute: Sex Differences and Concussion Rates For Certain Sports (Study)


>>So, we wanted to evaluate all types of
different sports as well as the mechanism of concussions including contact with another
player, contact with the ball or equipment, or contact with the ground or playing surface. The findings revealed that there were distinct
patterns in the mechanism of concussion. For the sports of soccer and
basketball, in particular, we know that there are no rule differences
between the men and women’s game and that these are sports in which
protective equipment is not required. However, the patterns of the mechanism
of concussions remain the same regardless of whether there are rule differences. In men, we find that concussions are due mostly
to contact with another player, and in women, the mechanism of concussion is due to
contact with the ball or other equipment. So, it shows that rule differences and
rule changes may not alone be enough to reduce the incidents of concussion. We need to perhaps focus on concussion
prevention exercises, or greater enforcement of player contact rules in men’s
sports, and perhaps require that female athletes wear protective equipment.

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