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Concussions Among Women Exceed Men as Awareness Is Found Lacking

Emily Peters wanted to play college soccer so badly that when she suffered a concussion during her junior year in high school, she kept it a secret.

Two years later, after receiving a fourth concussion when a teammate elbowed her in the head during preseason practice at the University of Pittsburgh, Peters developed symptoms ranging from dizziness and nausea to impaired vision and headaches. The university forced her to leave the team, and now, at 22, she said she can’t get out of bed quickly without getting dizzy, suffers headaches as often as twice a day and wonders if she’ll ever fully recover.