Teenage Boys Less Likely to Report Concussion Symptoms For Fear of Being Viewed as “Weak”

Male and female high school athletes have similar knowledge regarding the symptoms of a concussion, but a recent study suggests that male athletes are much less likely to report symptoms due to concerns of appearing “weak”.

 The differences between male and female reporting were especially evident in male dominated sports.  In general, boys were anywhere from four to eleven times less likely to report concussions due to fear of how their peers or coaches would perceive them.  

Symptoms of a concussion include headache, concentration difficulties, dizziness, and problems sleeping.  Continuing to participate in sports following a concussion increases the risk of worsening injury and longer recovery times.  Click here to read more

 

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