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Concerns About Concussion Rates in Female Youth Soccer

Hamish A. Kerr, MD, MSc1; Jeffrey M. Mjaanes, MD2
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1Albany Medical College, Latham, New York
2Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(10):967-968. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.783.
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To the Editor We are writing in response to the excellent article published in a recent issue of JAMA Pediatrics by O’Kane et al.1 The authors’ concern for the risk of concussion among middle-school–aged female soccer players matches that from our own clinical experience and is an important addition to sports medicine literature. The article provides strong support for a relatively high incidence rate of concussion among this population and recognizes a worrisome reluctance to seek medical attention in many injured players.


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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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