FAQ ABOUT OUR CONFERENCES
WHAT IS PURPOSE OF THESE CONFERENCES?
The purpose of these events are to discuss the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of concussion in females based on current science and research of how females differ from males. From the consensus of faculty and select participants, work sessions will develop a paper with recommendations on what gender-specific clinical practices and safety protocols should be researched and/or implemented to best treat females with concussions.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM THEY ADDRESS?
While research shows females may have different injury rates, symptoms, and rates of recovery, the medical community does not yet have any gender-specific guidelines, protocols, or resources for females with concussions.
Research studies have shown females in general tend to:
- Sustain more concussions than their male counterparts in sports with similar rules
- Experience or report a higher number and severity of symptoms than males
- Have longer duration of recovery than males
WHAT TYPES OF WOMEN WILL BE DISCUSSED?
Females of all ages, races and social-economic status suffer concussions. The circumstances vary from the shaken infant who ceases to cry to the toddler who falls at the playground, the teen athlete who slams her head defending her goal, the college student who bangs her head while drinking at a party, the woman who is concussed from an act of domestic violence or a car accident, the soldier who is injured in the line of duty, to the grandmother who slips unsteady on her bathroom floor.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE CONFERENCES?
- Review established science and current research on sex/gender-differences in concussions and other TBIs in females
- Allow a cross-section of females to share their personal experiences with concussions and their medical care to illustrate the vital need for improvement by the medical community (In video format)
- Develop a summary paper of summit presentations and develop a consensus of what changes in the clinical model could improve education, assessment, diagnosis and treatment for females with concussions or other TBIs
- Establish a collection of sex/gender-based research paper abstracts to be incorporated into an online format to serve as a resource for the medical community
- Identify gaps in current research and develop an agenda and funding sources for future research that addresses sex/gender
WHAT ARE THE DESIRED OUTCOMES OF THESE EVENTS?
- Establish an on-going group of medical professionals who are interested in female concussions and continuing to meet in the future to further this work
- Develop an education training program (online and live) for doctors to become aware “female-friendly” management for concussion
- Create female-focused education resources for ERs and other medical providers along with patients/families
- Encourage outreach and build communities for women recovering from concussions
- Inspire more gender-based concussion research in the future
- Actively seek funding sources for gender-based research and educational programs
WHAT IS OUR HOPE?
Every female with a concussion deserves a doctor who practices with gender-specific consideration for her symptoms, her acute care and her recovery plan. Her journey back to health can be helped by the correct diagnosis, gender-specific care, education, and by the proper support systems at home, school or work.
WHO WILL BE IN THE AUDIENCE?
Medical providers, athletic trainers, and other professionals who treat females with concussion will attend as participants. Non-professionals (patients, parents, coaches) can attend at reduced cost but all presentations will be geared for medical professionals. We will have an online version of the conference with select presentations live-streamed designed for patients.
WHY WOULD MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WHO TREAT FEMALES WITH CONCUSSIONS ATTEND?
As the medical community is becoming aware of the gender differences in female, some clinicians are questioning the lack of any gender-specific guidelines, protocols. Others in the medical community are unaware of the gender differences or are unclear if women should be educated about these gender differences. Many medical providers are also unclear how best to help these females who suffer from post-concussion headaches beyond their expected recovery period, sometimes called “the miserable minority.’” Some of these slow-healing females are referred by general practitioners to concussion clinics and are suffering from non-concussion issues; then there are patients who are referred headache clinics where their concussion issues may not addressed.
World experts in research and medical care for females of all ages who suffer from concussion, other TBIs and non-impact related headache with research on sex/gender differences.