The reason, however, remains a mystery.

For experts like Zachary Kerr, an assistant professor in the Department of Excercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina, a crucial question is whether the high rate of concussions is due to differences in reporting, as opposed to physiological factors. For former players like Pucci, style of play and gender bias are also important considerations.

What nearly all experts agree on is that the explanation probably involves several distinct social, cultural, and physiological factors. A quick survey of the research being done includes considerations of reporting bias and playing style, but also extends to hormonal differences, neck strength, and nerve fiber structure.

To learn how these factors might influence the high rate of concussions and what other explanations are being researched, make sure to watch the video above.

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Why women’s ice hockey has a higher concussion rate than football

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