Our Chicago brain injury attorneys recently read about a new study that showed that girls have a higher risk for developing a traumatic brain injury than boys. The study showed that girls are more likely to develop a concussion (a shaking of the brain against the skull following a hit to the head) than boys, even when there was the same type of hit to the head. According to Third Age, the study showed that in specific sports such as soccer and basketball that the number of concussions received by student athletes playing these sports were significantly higher for girls than they were for boys. The study does not cover what the exact reasons for the discrepancy in concussions between boys and girls playing the same sports is, but it is believed by many medical professionals that the difference may be due to the fact that girls tend to have smaller heads than boys and girls neck muscles are typically less developed than boys of the same age.
The reason that the difference in the number of concussions between boys and girls is connected to the frequency of traumatic brain injuries is because recent evidence has shown that repetitive concussions can lead to serious brain damage over time. Given the fact that girls are more likely to suffer from concussions, it makes sense that girls would also be more likely to suffer from traumatic brain injuries.
Recently, there has been a lot of talk among student athletes, coaches, school staff, and parents in respect to letting kids back on the playing field following a concussion. Now that evidence shows the high level of danger in repeated concussions and the danger in letting a person with a concussion immediately go back on the field before being thoroughly checked out by a doctor, more and more people are concerned with traumatic brain injuries that may result from years of hits to the head on the playing field.
Our brain injury attorneys encourage all coaches, schools, and parents to make sure that, following a concussion, student athletes are not let back on the field to play until they have been fully examined and cleared by a doctor. The time needed to return to play after each concussion may vary by person and because of this a doctor should always be the one to clear the student athlete. The study also suggested that girls are more prone to traumatic brain injuries than boys because generally girls seem to take longer to recover after a concussion than boys and may require more time off the field to be considered safe to play that a boy would need.
If you feel that your child, who was a student athlete, suffered a brain injury as a result of their school or coach forcing them to go back on the field after suffering from concussions, please contact our personal injury law firm today. Schools and coaches should always keep the children’s safety first and make sure not to let any child go back on the field after being hit in the head without being cleared by a doctor.