Report details high rate for concussions for girls in certain sports

Report details high rate for concussions for girls in certain sports


LEN, THE FINDINGS ARE TROUBLING. LEN: THESE ARE THE NUMBERS. FIRST OFF, NO ACTIVITY IS IMMUNE
TO CONCUSSIONS, FROM FOOTBALL TO
BAND. BUT A CLOSER LOOK REVEALS
SCHOOLS ARE REPORTING MORE GIRLS
THAN BOYS ARE GETTING
CONCUSSIONS IN THE SAME SPORT. WE TRIED TO FIND OUT WHY. FOOTBALL TOPS THEM ALL. KANSAS HIGH SCHOOLS REPORTED 903
CONCUSSIONS LAST YEAR. FOLLOWED BY GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL
SOCCER.>>ANY BLOW TO THE HEAD, YOU
CHECK THEM OUT, AND IF THERE IS
ANYTHING GOING ON, THEY ARE TO
SIT DOWN AND NOT GO BACK IN
UNTIL THEY ARE CHECKED OUT BY A
DOCTOR. LEN: ATHLETIC TRAINER LINDA
GREGG HAS SEEN IT ALL AT BISHOP
MIEGE HIGH SCHOOL. SHE IS ONE OF THE HUNDREDS OF
SCHOOL OFFICIALS TRACKING
CONCUSSIONS ACROSS THE STATE. HERE ARE THE NUMBERS. KANSAS HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC
ASSOCIATION SHOWGIRLS HAVE A
HIGHER RATE OF CONCUSSIONS IN
BASKETBALL, SOCCER, AND
WRESTLING. MORE THAN TWICE AS MANY
CONCUSSIONS REPORTED FOR GIRLS
BASKETBALL PLAYERS THAN BOYS
PLAYERS. BUT WHY? DOCTOR MICHAEL RIPPEE OF
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS HOSPITAL IS
A SPORTS NEUROLOGIST, A GROWING
FIELD.>>FOR SOME REASON, FEMALE
ATHLETES, ESPECIALLY ADOLESCENT
ATHLETES, HAVE A DIFFERENT
RESPONSE TO THE HEAD INJURY. WE ARE NOT SURE WHAT THAT IS. A LOT OF RESEARCH IS GOING ON. LEN: SEVERAL STUDIES HAVE SHOWN
PROMISE OVER THE YEARS IN TRYING
TO DELIVER AN ANSWER, BUT DOCTOR
RIPPEE ADMITS MORE DATA IS
NEEDED.>>? IS IT HORMONES? ?
NECK MUSCLES? SIZE? LEN: AS MORE DATA IS COLLECTED,
RESEARCH MOVES MORE IN THE
DIRECTION OF PREVENTION. BUT THERE IS ONE THEORY THAT
EVEN DOCTOR RIPPEE SAYS HAS
MERIT. GIRLS ARE MORE LIKELY TO REPORT
AN INJURY THAN BOYS. LINDA GREGG AGREES.>>IF SOMETHING IS HURTING, THEY
WANT TO LET YOU KNOW. BOYS ARE MORE APT TO JUST SAY
THIS WILL PASS, IT WILL BE OK. LEN: THE NUMBERS ARE SIMILAR
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