Men are more likely to acquire a brain injury than women, and are three-times more likely to die from a brain injury. Perhaps because of this, the media tends to pay more attention to men and brain injury.
Given recent evidence that females are more susceptible to concussions and have greater difficulties with recovery than men, it stands to reason the focus of attention should be shared between men and women equally.
Here’s what some of the research has found:
- Women who experienced worse outcomes than men following a TBI also had higher BMIs than men
- In a study comparing men and women with mild TBIs, women experienced worse symptoms than men three-months post injury, especially women in their childbearing years
- Three-years after their injuries, women with mild TBIs had worse outcomes than men in terms of symptoms and disability.
- Post-concussion female soccer athletes have significantly slower reaction times and perform more poorly on visual memory tests compared to their male equivalents.
- Female TBI survivors tend to outperform male survivors on tests of verbal memory and executive functions, including planning, initiating, and problem solving.
- Women are less likely to have a caregiver and are particularly vulnerable to isolation, disempowerment and abuse.
- Male survivors are more likely to be successfully employed, receive vocational rehabilitation services, and less likely to have vocational services prematurely terminated than women.
Read full article at: Women and brain injury-what you need to know
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