Study results by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


(3-23-17) While much concern about the ‘high risk’ of concussions in high school football, a recent study shows that it is the second most likely sport to produce concussions in high school sports.

Wellington K. Hsu, M.D.
Wellington K. Hsu, M.D. – courtesy Northwestern Medicine

What is #1? Girls soccer, that according to a recent study results by the the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The study ( Sport- and Gender-specific Trends in the Epidemiology of Concussions Suffered by High School Athletes ) was conducted recently by Dr. Wellington Hsu, professor of orthopedics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

From the study:

To our knowledge, this is the first study to report that concussions now account for a higher proportion of injuries in girls soccer than boys football. The concussion rate for girls soccer is also increasing rapidly, and is now nearly tied with boys football and 3-fold higher than boys soccer.

Nine different high school sports were included in the study, of those nine,  baseball had the lowest percentage of issues at around 12%.

According to the study girls sports had higher occurrences than boys participating in sports, 24% to 22%.

Since concussion concerns have been highlighted in high school football, new safety changes have been put in place to protect the players and rules changes to help cut down on the injuries.  Girls soccer, uses no special equipment to help with concussion issues, this study will most likely open up thoughts on other sports and safety issues.

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