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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

IT IS VERY COM­MON

Ap­prox­i­mately one in ev­ery three peo­ple will sus­tain a con­cus­sion be­fore they reach the age of 21. Males are more likely than fe­males to sus­tain a con­cus­sion over the course of their life­time, but fe­males are more vul­ner­a­ble to the ef­fects of con­cus­sion. It is not clear why this is the case, but the good news is that fe­males usu­ally re­cover from con­cus­sion more quickly than males, as they are more likely to seek med­i­cal help early.

The risk of con­cus­sion should not de­ter peo­ple from sport. The longterm ben­e­fits of sport out­weigh the risks, and re­mem­ber, con­cus­sion is a treat­able con­di­tion, as long as it is recog­nised and treated with re­spect.

Ap­prox­i­mately one

in ev­ery three peo­ple will sus­tain a con­cus­sion be­fore they reach the age of 21. Males are more likely than fe­males to sus­tain a

‘sprained brain’

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