WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 – To celebrate the 29th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), organizations and leaders from the National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition will gather in Washington, D.C. to recognize the advancement of girls’ and women’s sports and to discuss how to reduce the numbers of concussions in sports. Game On!, this year’s theme, will focus on what schools can do to protect all student-athletes.
Reports from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) show a 60 percent increase in the number of reported concussions in the last 10 years. Concussions are routinely viewed as an issue affecting male athletes, but a significant number of female athletes also experience serious head injuries. The Women’s Sports Foundation research shows that females participating in many high school sports now have a higher incidence rate of sport-related concussions than do males in similar sports*. Other topline findings include:
• Concussion rates in high school girls’ soccer is double that of boys’ soccer*
• Concussion rates in high school girls’ basketball are one-third higher than in boys’ basketball*
• Concussion rates in high school girls’ softball are triple that of boys’ baseball*