Concussion in Females
Women show signs of concussion later and for longer than men (3 weeks to 6 months for women).
Women concuss at a higher rate than men, differently to men and they recover differently. Hormones and the musculoskeletal structure of women’s necks may explain the differences in outcomes to men.

What are signs of concussion (or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI):

  • Dizziness and or vertigo
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Fuzzy or blurred vision
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to noise or light
  • Irritability
  • Sleeping more or less than usual.

The Research:

  • Females sustain more concussions at a higher rate than their male counterparts
  • Report a higher number and more severe symptoms than males
  • Women have longer recovery periods than males.

A woman will know more men than women who have concussions and may judge her own recovery by the male experience.

And IF her recovery spans more than a few weeks….

  • Depression
  • Isolation
  • Self-doubt
  • Anxiety
  • can occur with significant impact on her day to day functioning, at home and at work.

One of the experts on the Pink Concussions research panel, Angela Colantonio, PhD, professor and director of the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto in Canada, conducted a study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, to see if menstrual functioning, fertility, and pregnancies were affected after a woman receives a mTBI. She and her colleagues found that 68 percent of the 104 observed women experienced irregular menstrual cycles after their injury as well as lower mental health and function.

What are the main causes of concussion in women:

  1. Sports
  2. Motor vehicle accidents
  3. Military
  4. Domestic Violence
  5. Falls in the elderly

Stats on concussion in females

Female basketball: 1 out of 2 collisions results in concussion.
Female Soccer: 1 out of 2 headers results in concussion.
30% Concussions from something other than sports – eg gym class.

Remember HEAD BUMPS:

    • Headache
    • Eye trouble
    • Abnormal behaviour
    • Dizziness
    • Balance dysfunction
    • Unsteady on feet
    • Memory impaired
    • Poor concentration
    • Something’s not right.
  • Seek urgent medical assistance if any of the above occur.

For more information you may enjoy Love your Brain – a great online resource for individuals, family or friends following a brain injury.