Physical protection for girls is more complicated than it was a decade ago. Girls play harder and train longer than they used to, so their need for helmets and special exercises is as much as their male counterparts. School aged boys who play rough sports, such as football or hockey, are less likely to receive a head injury because of new protocols in place, as they were a decade ago. Girls who play similar contact sports, such as lacrosse or tennis, are not as protected as the boys.
With the advance of medical technology, it is easier to tell whether a player might suffer from a concussion after an impact. Rules in girls sports prohibit less contact and less overall aggression on the field. If you attend a girls sports game, you will see that they play just as hard and aggressive as the boys do. So why don't they have the same physical protection? The rules of lacrosse, for example, state that there is no high checking for girls. So the use of lacrosse helmets is not necessary. Unless, of course, there is an accident. In boys' lacrosse, helmets are used, so if there is an accident, the boys are protected.
Lowering the amount of injuries on the field starts with proper information and training. Some basketball coaches use ankle exercises throughout the year as a way to prevent ankle injuries. Football coaches are asking for better technology in their headgear to prevent concussions. Fox News did an article recently about using resistance bands to strengthen shoulders to prevent injury. Many athletes turn to chiropractors for help with spinal flexibility to prevent injuries and recover more quickly. Using a combination of information, training, and protective gear will help girls who play sports maintain the physical protection necessary to stay safe.