Girls are more likely to get concussions in sports, especially soccer, than boys

Recent studies have shown concussions are a growing concern in youth sports, especially among girls. A 2017 study by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons found that high school girls have a significantly higher concussion rate than boys, with female soccer players suffering the most concussions — even compared to football players. Felicia Gliksman, a pediatric neurologist at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, has trained school personnel, athletic directors and even Red Bulls Youth Soccer coaches in concussion management. She said that among athletes who come to her with concussions, most of her female patients are soccer players, and most male patients play football. According to Dr. Gliksman, for young athletes, knowing the risks and signs, and being taught proper techniques to prevent concussions are key. (This article was also featured in the Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY), Home News Tribune and The Courier-News.)