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considerations for athletes

Female Athletes 

Females have a different pattern of illness and injury than males, this is especially true in sports medicine. There are many research articles to support differences in training in males and females for injury prevention and performance optimization. 

Females are at an increased risk of ACL injury due to differences in biomechanics when compared to males. Therefore, women’s sports with high risk of ACL injuries are recommended to incorporate customary strength, aerobic conditioning and an emphasis on balance and agility training to prevent noncontact ACL injuries. 

Additionally, females in general have a greater pelvic tilt angle and will benefit from greater emphasis on core strengthening. 

 

Conditions that females are at increased risk for: 

  • ACL injury

  • Adhesive capsulitis 

  • Shoulder instability 

  • Acetabular labral injuries and femoroacetabular impingement syndrome 

 

Recommended  conditioning tips for recreational female athletes: 

  • Minimize stress in the lower extremities with emphasis on core strengthening programs 

  • Minimize laxity issues in the shoulder by focusing on scapular stabilization exercises 

  • Minimize excessive patellofemoral load and anterior knee pain by strengthening the glutes and core muscles. 

  • Minimize rotator cuff injuries by avoiding repetitive overhead load to the shoulder

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