Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Jenny Cornish, Ph.D.
First Committee Member
Ragnar Storaasli, Ph.D.
Second Committee Member
Joy Goldberg, Ph.D.
Sports Related Concussions, Gender, High School
Growing research on both the immediate and long-term effects of sports-related concussions (SRCs) in professional athletes has called attention not only to understanding the impact of concussions in high school athletes, but has also focused on understanding how SRCs may impact female athletes differently than male athletes (Covassin & Elbin, 2011; Kirkwood, Yeates, & Wilson, 2006). There are many studies that have highlighted the neurocognitive, academic, and socioemotional implications of these brain injuries on developing youth, but there are few studies that focus on gender differences in adolescent athletes (Daneshvar, Nowinski, McKee, & Cantu, 2011; Kirkwood, et al., 2006). Understanding how sports-related concussions impact males and females differently can be crucial in approaching diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of these issues, outline considerations for the field, provide recommendations for treatment providers, and share some case illustrations.
Grady-Speckhals, Hillary, "Understanding Gender Differences in Sports-Related Concussions among High School Athletes: Implications for Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management" (2017). Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 276.