Louisiana women should know that if they have a concussion, they may exhibit symptoms that differ from those of men with the same condition. However, research on the topic has been sparse as the majority of concussion research has prioritized male patients. There is not enough scientific information to determine the reasons women sustain more concussions and why their symptoms may last longer.
The scientific research that does exist shows that the brains in women and men differ in a number of ways, including with regard to chemistry, anatomy, physiology and activity patterns. Women may experience concussions in ways that differ from men because of hormonal issues and the differences in certain aspects of the upper body, particularly the manner in which neck muscles respond to collisions. Women may also have a higher likelihood of admitting to concussion symptoms, like depression.
Another difference in women and men with regard to concussion is recovery time. It may take women longer to recover from their brain injuries. Most people who sustain concussions can be healed within two weeks, but there are cases in which concussed individuals may have post-concussive syndrome, or endure concussion symptoms for an extended time. It is important that people with post-concussive syndrome speak with a neurologist as soon as possible.
Another detail that should be noted is that women athletes who play basketball, softball, baseball or soccer incur concussions at higher rates than men athletes. However, the risks of sustaining a concussion with these sports are low when compared to the risks associates with other activities.
Concussions and other brain injuries are of course not limited to contact sports. They can result from a slip and fall and from an automobile accident. When the injury can be attributed to another party's negligence, the victim might want to have legal help in seeking compensation for medical bills and other losses that have been sustained.