A growing body of evidence suggests that females experience more severe symptoms and take longer to recover after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) such as concussions. A new study suggests that such gender differences may in part be due to a sharp drop in hormone levels among females injured during the two weeks prior to their periods.
If you are parenting a female athlete, you may have a tough time convincing her to take your advice, even if you enjoyed a successful sports career yourself. Perhaps she will listen to an orthopedic surgeon for a major league baseball team who, before she became a doctor, was a triple jump champion and
record-holder in high school track in Iowa.
Girls who play sports more than 8 hours per week are twice as likely
as their less active peers to suffer a stress fracture, a new study finds. Most at risk were those engaged in three
activities (running, basketball and cheerleading/gymnastics) which
involve repeated jumping and landing which place particuarly high stress
on bone, with the risk of injury increasing about 8 percent for each
extra hour of activity over four per week.
This past Friday morning, competitive Vancouver Longboarder, Glenna Evans tragically died while riding. It was one day prior to her 28th birthday. The tight-knit local longboarding community is still reeling from this loss.
Which high school sports pose the highest risk of severe injury? Football leads the list, slightly more than wrestling and more than twice the rate in girls' basketball and girls' soccer. The safest of the nine studied? Girls volleyball.