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Female Athletes 

Injury Prevention

Females have a unique pattern of illness and injury in comparison to males.It is important to understand the biomechanical differences in female athletes when structuring strengthening and conditioning programs to prevent common injuries that females are at increased risk for. 


Common injuries females are at increased risk for:   

  • ACL injury

  • Adhesive capsulitis 

  • Shoulder instability 

  • Acetabular labral injuries and femoroacetabular impingement syndrome 

Recommended training 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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