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How Concussions Can Affect People Differently
By Pyle Law, September 09 2019 8:53 pm
How Concussions Can Affect People Differently

A concussion is an injury to the brain that occurs when the head is violently jolted, and the brain is thrust forward against the skull and then rebounds back against the skull. The mechanism is the same for all concussions, but concussions can affect people very differently. Concussions are common to many different kinds of accidents, including traffic accidents, playground accidents, slip and falls, and more. If you or one of your loved ones suffered a concussion because of someone else’s negligence, consult with an experienced Kansas personal injury attorney today. 

Child vs. Adult Concussions

Children’s brains are still developing, and as such, concussions tend to affect them differently than they affect adults. The general effects of concussions are impaired emotional and cognitive functioning. Adults, however, tend to experience symptoms that are more physical, including:

  • Balance issues
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Children, on the other hand, generally experience behavioral symptoms, including:

  • Drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia

Children are also more likely to experience an extended loss of memory after the injury – known as post-traumatic amnesia – and this amnesia also tends to last longer in children. 

Because many people associate headaches with concussions, it’s important to recognize that just because your child isn’t presenting with a headache doesn’t mean you should rule out a concussion if he or she’s taken a blow to the head. 

Male vs. Female Concussions

Women tend to experience more adverse effects from concussions than men do. Scientific American explored this phenomenon and concluded that, in comparable sports, women’s concussion rates are far higher. While both sexes’ symptoms of dizziness, headaches, and difficulty concentrating are about the same, high-school-aged female athletes are more prone to experiencing nausea, sensitivity to light, and drowsiness. Female athletes also generally need more time before returning to normal activity.  

Adolescence 

The differences in how men and women experience concussions do not begin at birth. In fact, young boys and girls experience concussions similarly. Puberty, however, is a significant developmental turning point that marks the change in how boys and girls experience concussions. Once women have gone through menopause, however, their concussion rates and how they experience concussions begin to align with men’s rates and experiences.

Gender-Specific Care

Health professionals naturally want to better understand this disparity regarding how men and women are affected by concussions. Women’s advocacy groups are pushing for a better scientific understanding of this discrepancy in order to establish treatment and prevention protocols that better protect females. Gender-specific health care related to concussions may be in order. 

If You’ve Suffered a Concussion Caused by Someone Else’s Negligence, Contact a Kansas Personal Injury Attorney Today

Concussions are common injuries that can be very serious. If someone else’s negligence causes you to suffer a concussion, the experienced legal team at Pyle Law is committed to helping you. Attorney Tom Pyle has the skill, knowledge, and dedication needed to guide your case toward its most positive resolution. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online, email us at pylelaw@pyle.legal, or call us at 620-241-9000 or (888) 381-1155 toll-free today. 

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