Common Root Causes of Injury for Female Athletes
From puberty onward, female athletes face a heightened risk of injury due
to a set of physical and chemical issues common to most women. Whether
you’re a volleyball player, swimmer, runner, or even a dancer, body
chemistry makes you more susceptible to certain injuries. These include
- Miserable Malalignment Syndrome (MMS)
- Menstrual and hormonal irregularities
- Deficient caloric intake
Common Injuries for Female Athletes
Any of the above can heighten your susceptibility to breaks, sprains, and
other injuries stemming from poor form and issues with alignment. If you
suffer from any of the above, be aware of the possibility for the following
injuries and take these steps to avoid them:
Stress fractures: These are closely related to your diet and can often be prevented by eating
properly and including bone-friendly foods and vitamins in your diet.
Be sure to include calcium-rich foods, such as collard greens, kale, ricotta
cheese, almond or soy milk, and more. (For a more extensive list of calcium-pumped
fruits, veggies, and meal options, check out the
Guide to Calcium-Rich Foods from the National Osteoporosis Foundation.) You can also end up with a
stress fracture by not giving your body enough time to adjust to an increase
in weight, intensity, or activity, which is why it’s important that
you avoid going too hard too fast and always be sure to warm up before
Shin splints: Speaking of stress fractures, shin splints are common among women and
can be caused by overexertion, bone loss, or muscle weakness due to reduced
caloric intake. (Eat up, ladies!) These can also result from misalignment,
which can be exacerbated by improper footwear, so it’s important
to make sure you have the right gear.
Upper body injuries: Many women, even those who do not engage in regular athletic activity,
suffer from torn rotator cuffs and other arm and shoulder injuries. You
can avoid these by gradually increasing strength in your arms and upper
body and regularly stretching in order to preserve flexibility and range
Physical Therapy for Female Athletic Injuries
ProFysio Physical Therapy, we have helped hundreds of female athletes get on their feet and overcome
a variety of injuries. No matter your sport, your injury, or its root
cause, our Aberdeen physical therapists are ready to work with you to
create a personalized plan suited to your injuries and your health goals.
Get in touch with a member of our team and schedule your complimentary
evaluation with our experienced Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Book your free consultation by
sending us a message or calling us at (732) 333-6360 today.