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Concerns About Concussion Rates in Female Youth Soccer

Anthony P. Kontos, PhD1; R. J. Elbin, PhD2; Tracey Covassin, PhD3
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1UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylavania
2Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
3Department of Kinesiology, Michigan State University, Lansing
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(10):967-968. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.777.
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To the Editor As the authors of a recent study of concussion in youth football (aged 8-12 years), we know all too well the challenges of conducting research in this population.1 O’Kane and colleagues2 are to be commended for conducting research on concussion in youth female soccer players in a recent issue of JAMA Pediatrics, as we know little about this at-risk population and, in particular, girls. However, we have several concerns regarding the reported results and the nature of the methods used in this study.


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October 1, 2014
John W. O’Kane, MD; Melissa A. Schiff, MD, MPH
1UW Sports Medicine Clinic, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
2Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(10):968. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.780.
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