Migraine Prevalence Higher in Collegiate Athletes, New Study Finds

Friday, May 19, 2017

New findings suggest that collegiate athletes have an increased prevalence of migraines, with female athletes being particularly affected. In a retrospective cross-section survey, researchers evaluated 834 student athletes from NCAA Division-I institutions (Headache, May 7, 2017. The sample included athletes in a variety of sports with differing degrees of contact exposure. The survey consisted of 20 questions pertaining to personal and family history of head, as well as a concussion history. Findings revealed that 23.7 percent of participants reported having a personal history of migraine, while 25.2 percent had a history of sinus headache, and 12.3 percent had a history of tension type headache. Moreover, among athletes with a prior history of concussion, 46.3 percent of females reported a history of migraine, while only 32.2 percent of males reported history of migraine. The authors noted that further inquiry is needed to eludicate the etiology of increases migraine prevalence.

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