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Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury - Are Females More at Risk ?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Who is more at risk when it comes to suffering a concussion/mild traumatic brain injury in a Vancouver car accident ?

Males or females ?

There's a good deal of debate and discussion swirling around the medical community concerning this issue

A recent article by Bill Pennington featured in the New York Times newspaper states:

" There are numerous theories about why the female percentage of concussions is climbing. The one most frequently mentioned by doctors focuses on the anatomy of the female neck. Because a whiplash effect is often blamed for a concussion - a brain injury can occur just by having the head violently snap back without a blow to the head - the generally thinner, less muscular female neck is thought to be a factor in the rise in head injuries".

From a purely common sense perspective this "anatomy based" line of reasoning makes sense.

The whipping of the neck ,which a person is subjected to in a car accident, is often the percipitating cause underlying a concussion/mild traumatic brain injury. So, if the neck muscles are less able to stabilize the head  it seems to follow that the brain will in turn be subjected to greater forces than an individual who benefits from stronger neck muscles.

At present researchers are still investigating this question. And as such the jury is still out.

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