According to new research, investigators at Columbia University found that women were 50% more likely to sustain sports-related concussions than their male counterparts when competing in sports such as soccer and basketball.
“It is unclear why women appear to be at higher risk for sports-related concussion than men. The findings from this study highlight the need for more research on the gender differences in concussion,” according to study investigator James Noble, MD, MS, a neurologist at The Neurological Institute of New York Taubs Institute, New York City.
Fortunately, investigators found no significant difference between men and women in postconcussion neuropsychological test performance, suggesting that recovery time for is very similar to men. The average return-to-play time was 10 days for both men and women.