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Prevent Women’s Sports Injuries

SoccerFemale high school and college athletic participation has increased by leaps and bounds over the past 30 years.  It is common belief that injury rates are sport specific vs. gender specific; however, women seem to be more at risk.  Why?  Anatomic differences, such as having smaller bone structure, being shorter and lighter, along with having less muscle mass, definitely contribute to this fact.  Hormonal differences also play a role in injuries, mostly in adolescent athletes, because estrogen affects bone strength and ligament laxity. The combination of these factors is why women have a higher incidence of knee injuries, such as ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears, which can then lead to a stronger possibility of developing post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis.

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How can women level the playing field?  Train!  Train for strength and stability because strengthening your muscles not only improves power, but also improves balance and coordination, which will decrease your risk of injury.  In addition to training, healthy eating habits are helpful.  A well-balanced diet is very important in injury prevention.  Check out this fabulous article, “Women’s Health:  Risk and Prevention in Sports Injuries“, for more information.

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National Youth Sports Safety Month is in Full Swing!

STOP Sports Injuries

STOP Sports Injuries helps keep kids in the game for life!  With spring and summer sports getting underway, it’s time to learn how you can help prevent sports injuries in kids and in your community, too!

Knees and other joints are vulnerable to youth sports injuries.

You can educate yourself about the risk of injuries, especially concussions, and any other injury that is particularly associated with your child’s chosen sport, from About.com, HERE!

A recent article in Orthopedicstoday presented results, from two studies at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Specialty Day, which indicate that exercise at a young age can improve bone growth and reduce fracture risk in old age. AOSSM has also published specific injury prevention tip sheets for 20 different sports and activities.

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