A recent study published in the Journal of Athletic Training focused on more than 800 athletes who had suffered from concussions. This study reported that women were more likely than men to be misdiagnosed due to the fact that they often displayed different symptoms. Another study indicated that women may be more likely than men to experience concussions and may have more severe symptoms. Concussions are a form of brain injury very common in sports as well as personal injury accidents.
According to the studies, both men and women experience headaches and nausea as a result of their injuries, but women are more likely to be sensitive to light and noise or to be easily tired. These symptoms may be misdiagnosed as indicative of migraine or stress. This can lead to improper treatment and complications for female concussion victims.
Closed-head injuries are easily misdiagnosed because symptoms can appear to be very mild at the time of the trauma. Sometimes people will experience surges in emotions or seem to have a bad temper when in fact it is a result of a head injury. Car accidents, slip-and-fall injuries, and other types of personal injury accidents can cause permanent brain injury and should be treated immediately to minimize the damage to the victim. Even when someone has not been hit in the head directly — as in a motor vehicle accident where a person’s head might be violently jarred but not struck — a brain injury is a real possibility.
Source: Empowher.com, “Female Concussions Often Go Unrecognized,” Jody Smith, Aug. 14, 2012