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date: 10 December 2018

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Sex differences in sports-related concussion are the focus of a growing body of literature. This chapter discusses the increasing rates of female participation in sport, briefly addresses sex differences in traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as physical sex differences and their impact on sports-related concussion. Several discrepancies in sports regulations and playing style between sexes that have been implicated in differing rates of sports-related concussion are also discussed. Variations in symptom reporting between the sexes and sex differences in cognitive outcomes of sports-related concussion are also addressed. Sex differences in symptom resolution and time to return to play are presented. Finally, limitations of this literature are identified and suggestions for future research are provided.

Keywords: Sex differences, Gender differences, Sports concussion

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