Risk of concussions not exclusive to football

Three female Olympic athletes pledged to donate their brains for research to the Concussion Legacy Foundation earlier this year.

It’s a big deal. Of the 2,800 who have pledged to donate their brains in the last decade, less than 600 pledges are from females. Every pledge helps.

After all, female athletes deal with concussions, too, and are at risk to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

The public typically thinks of football when it comes to the topic.  Female athletes aren’t perceived to be as physical as their male counterparts.

Navarre head girls soccer coach Rob Simon sees it often. A moment arises when a player for the Raiders is giving it her all, playing physical against a less physical team, and she’s told by an official to tone it down.

“That’s the perception we get with female sports. They aren’t expected to play as hard, so they aren’t expected to get hurt as much, and when they do get hurt, it’s not the boys’ injuries. Girls aren’t supposed to get concussions because they don’t play as hard or work as hard. I see that aspect, but I don’t agree with it,” Simon said.

Read the full article in the June 28 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.


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