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Comment & Response
October 2014

Concerns About Concussion Rates in Female Youth Soccer

Author Affiliations
  • 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

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.