Did you know: Young female athletes’ symptoms from a concussion linger longer than young male athletes’ symptoms do?
Studies claim many people recover from sports-related concussions on their own within 7-10 days; however, most of the studies’ participants were adult men.
Of note, these studies compare symptom recovery, only one layer of the healing process. These studies do not take into account the compromising of spinal structural integrity, nor the emotional and mental recovery process.
Athletes sustain concussions most commonly out of all injuries, and symptoms vary greatly. They can remain for as briefly as a week, but can also result in lifelong damage. These symptoms include, but are not limited to:
Long-term, chronic traumatic stresses are referred to as post-concussion syndrome. In this stage, the symptoms last beyond 12 weeks. It is important for a chiropractor to evaluate the injured spine. This is to ensure that a person does not go through post-concussion syndrome, nor have long-term effects from the trauma. It is best to have an evaluation immediately following the trauma.
What Does the Study Conclude?
In this particular study, they compared boys and girls concussion symptoms. First of all, the girls’ symptoms lasted longer than the boys’ symptoms. Also, male athletes’ symptoms, on average, lasted less than half as long as the symptoms of the female athletes. Here’s why:
- “Females may be at higher risk for concussions because their necks are smaller and do not absorb shock as well as the necks of males.”
- “Female athletes might exhibit prolonged impairments compared with male athletes because females have a greater basal rate of glucose metabolism.”
- Although most children recover within 4 weeks of the concussion injury, in the most recent study (2016), children require more time to recover from a concussion than adults do. No parent would want his/her child to suffer for 4 weeks; therefore, proper spinal care is essential to reduce symptoms quickly.
Not surprisingly, for male athletes, football is the most common sport associated with concussions. In female athletes, soccer is the most common.
How Chiropractic Biophysics Helps with Concussions
A chiropractor, specifically one who is advanced and certified in a spinal-corrective specialty called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), is clinically trained to determine if the spine is in the proper position after the trauma to ensure it heals in the proper position. Also, a CBP chiropractor can screen for ligament injury/instability, which is an often-missed yet critical aspect of the healing process. It is important to consider structure and instability during the healing process. In addition, it also allows the body to heal in the best way possible to avoid lingering negative effects. If the spine is not in the proper position, a customized treatment plan put in place speeds up full recovery.
If your children play sports, you may be unaware of the damage and stress to their spines. Sports are obviously an important outlet for children. That said, their health has to come first. Bring them to a CBP chiropractor and get their spines checked. This should be done periodically for optimal spinal health, maximum performance, and safety. Make sure you include this to ensure you are doing everything you can to keep your children safe.
If you are (or someone you care about is) suffering from a concussion or post-concussive syndrome, experiencing unresolved effects from a previous concussion, or wanting to ask questions regarding concussion recovery and treatment, please reach out to us at our Brookhaven or Tucker location. Dr. David Shapiro and his team are here to help!