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We always hear about concussions and high school football, but I just read that women’s high school soccer has seen an even bigger increase in concussion injuries. How can this be?

Approximately 300,000 adolescents suffer concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries each year while participating in high school sports. And high school girls do have a significantly higher concussion rate than boys according to a recent 2017 orthopedic medical study.

The study hypothesizes that girls may be at greater risk of concussion while playing soccer due to “heading” the ball, not having appropriate protective gear and perhaps a greater emphasis on contact during the game. Coach and parental awareness are key components to addressing any injuries that have occurred and preventing further progression of those injuries to something more serious.