Why are girls still getting more concussions than boys in some sports?


When Lauren DeRoo was knocked into a goal post, she blacked out for a second and became disoriented, needing help to get off the soccer field. She says she was back on the field before the game ended.

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“That was in travel soccer, probably around 2002 or 2003, and concussions just weren’t a big thing back then … it was all about heat stroke and heat precautions,” said DeRoo, now Lauren Kemerer and the Freeland girls soccer coach.

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Kemerer, who has coached the Freeland girls soccer team to five consecutive Final Fours and two championship games, played at Waterford Kettering High School and Saginaw Valley State University.

“We’ve had girls get concussions here the past couple of years,” Kemerer said. “You can see it right away. The player looks delusional, like they can’t focus. They look right through you. We take it very seriously now.”

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Iowa High School Concussion Insurance Excludes Nearly Every Girl

Fall sports practices start across the state of Iowa this week, and with them comes great news for parents and their sons who are student-athletes.’A new program provides insurance for the assessment of concussions and will provide for any neurological follow-ups that might be necessary. And it's not just football players that get it.’However, there's one big issue which you've probably already picked up on.’What about the girls?

HeadStrong Insurance, as it's known, was created to protect athletes and their families from what could be costly treatments for a concussion, along with follow-ups. According to USA Today High School Sports, it

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As an undersized defensive end playing for the Sacramento Sirens of the Independent Women’s Football League, Jeny Gardner was used to overcoming obstacles to get where she needed to go — specifically to opposing ball carriers.

“My nickname was ‘Itty Bitty’ as a player,” Gardner said, laughing. “It took a while to find my position, but when I did I knew it was where I belonged.”

That tenacity to succeed in the face of adversity would serve Gardner well in the years that followed, as she transitioned from making plays on the field to calling the shots off it. A California transplant who now lives in the Powell area, Gardner recently made history, hired as the state’s first-ever female head football coach, taking over the reins of the Class 2A Lovell Bulldogs. An assistant for three seasons under former coach Doug Hazen, Gardner applied for the position following Hazen’s resignation last May.

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Size Matters: Radical overhaul planned to help protect junior rugby players

It's a weighty issue that's long been a concern on junior footy fields – larger kids crushing their smaller counterparts in a game of rugby league.

But it seems the NRL is finally sizing up the issue, looking at sorting junior teams by weight and maturity, rather than just age.

"You only have to watch a local game to see the uneven playing field created by huge discrepancies in size," Junior League Coach of the Helensvale Hornets, Ann Mayfield told 9News.

“You have some very large kids that are 60, 70kg under-10s, under-11s falling on kids that are 35kg. They get the ball and they just steamroll over the poor kids,” said Ms Mayfield.

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