Gender may play part in concussion risk

March 27, 2009 9:59:41 AM PDT
Female athletes may be at higher risk of concussions than males. When a concussion occurs the brain is violently shifted inside the skull, often causing bruising.

A study from Ohio State University found among high school soccer players girls had a 68 percent higher rate of concussion than boys. In high school basketball, girls had 3 times the rate of concussion than boys.

Researchers suggest hormones could play a role. They believe estrogen and testosterone may protect the brain differently. They also believe men usually have strong neck muscles which can also help protect against such injuries.

This study is published in the Journal of Athletic Training.