Head Games –
After years of seeking school sports equality, women have surpassed men in one area: head injuries. Girls are more likely to sustain concussions than their male counterparts, and the possible reasons may be societal as well as anatomical. Males generally have thicker, stronger necks, which help absorb the impact; but boys also are supposed to be tough, and many may try to hide or downplay the extent of their injuries. To solve the problem, female athletes are turning to protective headgear and more aggressive training methods to build up the neck muscles. Gregory’s short article illustrates the trend with statistics as well as a few anecdotes.
By Sean Gregory, in Time magazine, 10 December 2007
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