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Study: Concussions can have longer term effects for female athletes

Study: Concussions can have longer term effects for female athletes

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Concussions can have short term and long term effects for teen athletes.

New research shows adolescent girls suffer from sports related concussion symptoms twice as long as boys.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, and finds the extended recovery time may be due to underlying conditions including migraines, depression, anxiety and stress.

Doctor Joelle Rehberg is a sports medicine physician with Atlantic Neurological Specialists, who sees dozens of athletes with concussion symptoms every year.

“A concussion is really good at finding your weak point and exploiting it. So, whether you may have had vision problems all along and maybe that becomes worse. Maybe you have a little bit of anxiety or depression and that becomes worse,” she said.

Researchers found boys in the study suffered with symptoms for 11 days on average, while girls suffered 28 days.

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