It is about time….
For too long girls have been sort of thrown in with boys in terms of Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion research and study. But we know girls are different in so many ways.
So as BrainChampions.org has done in the past we are trying to lead on this issue and collaborate those who have been doing this work. This week a great story came out on the University of Minnesota’s Tucker Center for Girls and Womens Sports and the work they have done with Doctor Jill Brooks to find out what is different about this trauma and young ladies.
We can not applaud them more for the direction they are heading on this and we look forward to their findings and on collaboration on this matter. Way to go you guys.
Here is a portion of that story with a link and an embed of the News story that broke that night as well.
Concussion Symptoms in Women Could Be Different
Updated: Friday, 15 Apr 2011, 9:04 AM CDT
Published : Thursday, 14 Apr 2011, 9:19 PM CDT
LEAH BENO / FOX 9 NEWS
MINNEAPOLIS – Multiple concussions abruptly ended Kelli Blankenship’s hockey carrier. They also left her with chronic headaches, dizziness, short term memory, and a sensitivity to loud noises.
“I feel like I have no concept of time,” said Blankenship.
Blankenship played Gopher Women’s Hockey for four years at the University of Minnesota. This season she played semi-professional hockey with the Whitecaps. About four weeks ago Blankenship suffered two concussions
“I was feeling fuzzy. I got up I got the bench the goalie asked if I a was feeling alright. I said just give me a couple of minutes I think I’ll be ok. coach said rest up and get back out there because we only had 10 players. So I continued to play. In the next game I got my head knocked a little bit.. And after that game I couldn’t do it any more,” she said.
Thursday night the U of M’s Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sports held a lecture focused on female athletes and concussions. Dr. Nicole LaVoi says for too long discussions have focused on male athletes.
“Typically most of the research has involved male athletes but has been generalized for female athletes,” said Dr. Lavoi. “Our goal is to education all stakeholders in the community, parents, coaches and athletes so everyone knows what to look for and then what to do once they see the signs and symptoms of concussions.”