Girls keep playing soccer despite concussion, study finds
If researchers found that a girl did have concussion symptoms, they contacted her parents to ask more detailed questions about the injury, including whether or not the athlete had been to a doctor and if she continued to play with symptoms.
During the study, researchers recorded 59 concussions, including eight repeat concussions. The girls' symptoms lasted on average nine days. And while less than half of concussed girls checked in with their doctors about the injury, more than 58 percent continued to play soccer despite their symptoms.
The big concern here is long-term consequences these girls can face from suffering a concussion. Over time, an untreated brain injury can cause memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and slower reaction times. These effects become magnified when an athlete suffers a second concussion before fully recovering from the first.
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