Sports That Pose the Largest Concussion Risk

Jan 3, 2017 - Brain injury by

Sports That Pose the Largest Concussion RiskA study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine showed that although football accounts for nearly half of all concussions to high school athletes, other sports carry a risk as well.

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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