Why Teen Girls Might Be More At Risk for Concussions

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The New York State Board of Regents has approved cheerleading as an interscholastic sport. The move creates coach training guidelines, institutes required rest days between competitions, and more safety rules. Cheerleading and other sports girls compete in, like soccer and lacrosse, see high incidences of concussions and brain injuries. James Noble, assistant professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, talks about why teenage girls might be more at risk for concussions, and what can be done about it. There is a higher concussion rate in girls' soccer than boys' soccer, for example, according to a study Dr. Noble discussed on the show, and which can be found here


James Noble

Comments [3]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights


What about the Olympic sport of Synchronized Swimming?

Apr. 30 2014 11:15 AM
James Boyd from Millwood, NY

Comparing ratios (concussions/other injuries) is not a valid basis of comparison. For example, the ratio for gymnastics can be low simply because the denominator is large: There are so many other common ways to get injured in gymnastics. To make a valid comparison of a ratio the denominator must equivalent, e.g., concussions/hours of participation.

Apr. 30 2014 11:09 AM

Well if golf is a sport what can't be a sport.

Apr. 30 2014 10:36 AM

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