Student athlete concussions are a common topic among physicians and colleges concerned about young people sustaining serious head injuries from school sports. The recent research has centered on how to properly analyze and diagnose the severity of concussions in order to provide proper treatment and provide for the best recovery scenarios. However, what has been overlooked until now is that despite common beliefs, female student athletes sustain more concussions than males in similar sports. Female softball players experience double the rate of concussions as male baseball players, and the highest rates of concussions across all sports can be seen in female ice hockey players. The rates of concussions are similar in female high school athletes as well. The dichotomy between men and women in this area is confusing, especially since the safety rules in some female sports are more strict than in men's sports - for instance, males are required to wear helmets in lacrosse while females are not. The media has focused on male athletes due to the explosion of news covering NFL players with dementia and serious brain abnormalities. While the media focuses on these stories, the female students are not receiving the attention they need to try to prevent brain injuries and protect them from further damage. The recent studies revealing the discrepancy in the rates of concussions between men and women are important, but they fail to understand why there is such a difference. Some suggest females are at greater risk due to more fragile necks and smaller heads, leaving them susceptible to greater injury after a collision. Further research is needed to discover the reason for the higher risk associated with females, but attention must be given to this issue in order to prevent numerous female athletes from suffering irreversible brain damage.
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