The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio conducted the study of high school athletes who had suffered a concussion between 2008 and 2010. Researchers found that girls’ soccer and basketball and boys’ wrestling, ice hockey and lacrosse were the other sports that pose a risk for concussions.
Researchers found that over eight percent of concussions happened in girls’ soccer, and six percent of concussions occurred in girls’ basketball and boys’ wrestling. Although boys’ ice hockey accounted for fewer concussions overall, the proportion of concussions were highest — of all ice hockey injuries, 22 percent were concussions.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 5-10% of athletes will suffer a concussion every year. The most common sport with concussion risk for males is football, where football players have a 75% chance of getting a concussion. The most common sport with concussion risk for females is soccer, where female soccer players have a 50% chance of getting a concussion.
Symptoms of concussions include headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, confusion and ringing in the ears, and can appear hours after the initial injury. Contrary to popular belief, most concussions (90%) do not involve losing consciousness. Approximately 47% of athletes do not report feeling any symptoms after suffering a concussion, which makes this injury all the more dangerous.
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Justin is an attorney at Roberts & Roberts and focuses his practice on mass tort litigation, where he specializes in helping individuals who are harmed by recalled or unsafe pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. He has earned recognition as a “Top 40 Under 40” Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. Prior to joining Roberts & Roberts, Justin served as an attorney in all three branches of Texas’s state government, including as a Briefing Attorney on the Texas Supreme Court. He also represented electric and natural gas utilities in complex regulatory proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Railroad Commission of Texas. Justin is a published author in the St. Mary’s Law Journal.