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Men And Women With History Of Concussion Mend Differently, Study Finds

Original post made by sally, Palo Alto High School, on Jul 11, 2008

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The study found that females performed significantly worse than males on tests of reaction time.
Females were also significantly more symptomatic than males. Additionally, there was a trend, although not significant, towards females testing poorly regarding verbal memory and processing speed when compared to males.

Soccer players with a history of concussion performed significantly worse on verbal memory testing after another concussion, the study found.

"There's a theory that males typically have a stronger neck and torso that can handle forces better," said Dr. Colvin. "But when we accounted for Body Mass Index in this study, we still found a difference between males and females.
Therefore, there are differences in recovery between genders that cannot simply be attributed to size difference.

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Posted by pam
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 11, 2008 at 6:00 pm

This a serious problem, there was an article in the NYT magazine a month ago or so that detailed some of the horrible brain and knee injuries many of these young girls suffer.

The rules and equipment need to change and the kids need to play a variety of sports.

It seems that soccer is now a 12 month sport, every evening girls are playing hard on the Jordan field.

Is this an obsession of the parents/girls or both?

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Posted by sam
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 11, 2008 at 6:47 pm

I think most soccer players can walk and chew gum at the same time.

A study of european professional soccer player showed most of them had suffered mild to moderate brain damage from heading the ball and collisions.

Helmets seem like a good idea.

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Posted by James
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 11, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Soccer is a form of child abuse. If parents were to discipline their child, for some trangression, by forcing him/her to hit 30 tossed soccer balls, with their head, with their hands tied behind their back, those parents would be arrested, and properly so.

Ban the sport!

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Posted by Soccer parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2008 at 11:07 am

Soccer is not a dangerous sport when you look at some of the other sports our kids take part in. I would much rather ban wrestling or football or rugby.

What may make more sense, is that youth sports ban using the head during games. Young kids rarely head the ball in the game and making them practice it is really what causes the problems. If heading the ball was banned for say under 16s then the practicing would cease. The only problem would be that when someone who is good at soccer starts using their heads at 16 then they would have lost time practicing a necessary skill and therefore learning the skill then would put them at a disadvantage.

So the real answer comes to FIFA. They should either ban the heading of the ball at all levels or else allow some type of soft helmet to be worn. The wearing of any kind of head gear in soccer is not welcomed as it can cause injury during any kind of collision, so the answer maybe just to alter the rules to disallow heading.

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Posted by sally
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 14, 2008 at 2:48 pm

The NYT article points out that the serious injury rate in soccer is very much higher for girls than for boys in terms of ACL knee crippling and long term serious brain damage from head injuries.

For some girls, and their parents, obsession with sports has become as bad as bulimia and anorexia.

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