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An interesting study on concussions

On average, girls may take longer than boys to recover from a concussion.

According to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, concussion symptoms may last longer in girls than they do in boys.

The researchers tracked 549 patients, including 235 girls, aged 10 to 18 years who sought treatment at a pediatric concussion clinic. They found that, in addition to reporting more severe symptoms, girls took an average of 56 days to be symptom-free, compared to 34 days for boys.

The researchers did not find age to be a factor in severity of symptoms. They also point out that the apparently long length of time to recovery for all patients may be suggestive of a patient population with a greater overall severity of injury.