RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
A new study suggests concussions are more severe for girls and it takes them longer to recover.
It's the latest study to find that there are differences between boys and girls when it comes to concussions and while there's still a lot not known about the long term effects, athletes are taking them a lot more seriously.
Two-sport University of Richmond athlete Rebecca Wann says it was a normal soccer game when the head gear she wears to protect her from concussions slipped off and she headed an opponent trying to get the ball.
"I remember thinking 'oh that felt weird' but I really didn't think anything of it, finished the game," she says.
But after a few days Wann says she knew something was wrong and got tested for a concussion. The test coming back positive, which ended her soccer and basketball career as it wasn't her first one. The symptoms last for weeks.
"Freshman year I really kind of thought I was invincible," she says. "You're not and especially with your brain it's not something you want to mess with. With that concussion had migraines for about two or three weeks."
Results from a new study published in Healthday News, suggests it takes girls a little more than three weeks than boys to recover from concussions and girls reported more severe symptoms. Doctors say biological differences account for why it takes females longer to recover from concussions.
The results are coming in as more schools and leagues have begun to focus more on concussions and athletes.
"I mean even in these four years the seriousness has increased," Wann says.
Wann says she knew there was a chance she wouldn't get to play sports if she reported her symptoms, but says the choice was easy.
"As much as I love sports and the 15 years that I've played both, I mean playing with my kids is more important to me than three or four more years playing."
Wann is set to graduate soon and says she plans on working in psychology and to work with young athletes playing soccer.
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