Migraine Prevalence Higher in Collegiate Athletes, New Study Finds

Friday, May 19, 2017 | Headache & Pain , Research and Publications


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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