Head Injuries To Female Athletes A Troubling Trend In MHSAA Concussion Study

Source: highschoolsports.mlive.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 8/9/2017 – 

An MHSAA concussion survey revealed girls soccer players suffer head injuries twice as often as boys soccer players.

Some results were expected when the Michigan High School Athletic Association compiled a second year’s worth of head injury data.

Football led the way with 44 out of 1,000 players suffering a head injury, although that decreased by 5 percent. Boys ice hockey was second at 36 out of 1,000.

“There was a decrease in football,” MHSAA communications director John Johnson said. “If you look at football in 2017 against football in 1997 … there is absolutely no comparison about safety. It’s never been safer to play.”

After football and boys hockey, the next four sports were a bit of a surprise and threw up a red flag.

They were all girls sports with girls soccer, girls basketball, competitive cheer and girls lacrosse suffering the next four highest rates of head injuries.’

“That’s two years in a row,” Johnson said. “It falls in line with some other things we’ve read about girls in comparable sports sustaining head injuries at a higher rate than their male counterparts.”

In comparable sports, girls reported far higher rates of head injuries. In soccer, girls reported twice as many head injuries as their male counterparts. In basketball, 23 per 1,000 girls reported head injuries compared to 8 per 1,000 for boys.

In softball, girls reported 11 head injuries per 1,000 compared to 4 per 1,000 for baseball.

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