Have you noticed that girls tend to get more concussions than boys while growing up? Why is this the case? More than often not, girls have thinner necks and are more vulnerable to side effects and concussions when they have had a fall, injury or accident.
A Leading Cause of Concussions: Soccer & Sport Injuries
Soccer is the most common cause of concussions in girls. Whether it is accidental or a front attack while playing sports, girls can get concussions with effects that linger long after the game is over. This is what is known as post concussive syndrome.
How Does Post Concussive Syndrome Happen?
Post concussive syndrome occurs in many people after they experience a direct blow to the head or a whiplash injury. It can linger for weeks, months and even years if left untreated. When a person suffers a concussion, he or she experiences a traumatic brain injury. The severity of this injury does not determine risk level.
You can develop post concussive syndrome without losing consciousness. You can also develop symptoms like headaches, dizziness and disorientation from only a mild concussion.
Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD)
Many young girls who have lingering symptoms of post concussive syndrome can also develop a type of binocular vision dysfunction, or BVD. BVD is a misalignment in the eyes that can be quite minor but causes eye strain and headaches. A person with BVD may not want to read or do any activity that requires a lot of concentration because of the pain and discomfort. BVD can be detected via a specialized eye exam. It is important to pay attention if your child or someone you care for, shows symptoms of this.
Symptoms of Post Concussive Syndrome
Other symptoms to look for in terms of post concussive syndrome include:
- Difficulty in concentration and memory retention
- Sensitivity to noise and light
For girls, a concussion can also lead to neck injury because they have thinner necks. This aggravates tension headaches.
Schedule a Neuro Visual Examination Today
If someone you care about has post concussive syndrome symptoms, seek out professional help. Even a minor concussion can lead to disabling symptoms that may be due to binocular vision dysfunction.
Call us at (516) 224-4888 if you or someone you know had a concussion and is experiencing symptoms such as eye strain, headaches or dizziness. Set up an appointment at the Neuro Visual Center of New York, to receive an extensive neurovisual examination at our state-of-the-art, professional facility.