Study says girls get more concussions playing youth sports

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A new study published in USA Today delivers somewhat of a shocking finding: girls have significantly higher concussion rates when playing sports than boys do.

The 2017 study by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons found that high school girls have a significantly higher concussion rate than boys. Female soccer players were found to suffer the most concussions even when compared to football players. According to the article, the reason for this is unclear.

SwedishAmerican trauma surgeon Dr. James Cole says playing youth sports is one of the best things kids can do but there has to be a culture change.

"They need to know that it's OK to play sports, but you don't target the head. You don't use your head as a weapon. And if you get a blow to the head and feel even slightly woozy, you have to report that and they have to be taken out of the game, for the duration of the game and be seen by a professional," says Cole.

Dr. Cole says if a person gets a second concussion in a short period of time, it could lead to severe traumatic brain injury and even death. He says we need to insist that student-athletes become more forward and transparent when it comes to reporting concussions.