Are Men or Women More Likely to Suffer a TBI from Similar Activities?
Though men and women are and should be equal in many ways, research indicates a critical area where they have significant differences—the susceptibility to traumatic brain injury and the severity of the consequences to a bump or blow to the head.
A Greater Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury for Women
According to a number of studies, women are at greater risk of sustaining a concussion or TBI than men, even when they are engaged is similar behavior. One study found that women who played sports were 84% more likely to incur a neck or head injury than men engaged in the same athletic activity.
Women Typically Have More Severe Reactions to a TBI
Data collected in a number of studies also indicates that women report more TBI-related symptoms after a bump or blow to the head, and that the symptoms reported tend to be more acute. Female athletes experienced more than twice as many post-TBI migraines as their male counterparts, and women also showed an increased risk of dizziness, irritability, fatigue, sensitivity to noise and light, and challenges with concentration.
There was, however, one area where women tended to fare better then men after a concussion. While women were about 50% more likely to suffer cognitive impairment after a concussion, they did outperform men on most verbal memory tasks.
Studies also found that, whereas women often experienced substantial interruptions of sleep patterns after a single traumatic brain injury, most men did not have any meaningful sleep disturbance until they had sustained multiple concussions or TBIs.
Women Tend to Take Longer to Recover from a Concussion or TBI
Research also shows that, as a general rule, women take about twice as long as men to make a similar recovery from a traumatic brain injury.
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