When it comes to head trauma, American football is far from the leaderboard.
According to researchers from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, female soccer players sustain more concussions than any other subset of high school athletes. The study, led by Dr. Wellington Hsu of Northwestern University, analyzed injuries from 2005 to 2015 for girls’ softball, volleyball, basketball, and soccer as well as boys’ football, wrestling, basketball, and baseball.
Football, which had the highest rate of concussions for boys’ sports, was outranked not only by girls’ soccer but also girls’ volleyball and girls’ basketball. Overall, high school girls faced a higher risk across all athletics, and were 12.1 percent more likely to suffer a concussion than a boy playing the same sport.