Article Text

other Versions

PDF
Is there an injury epidemic in girls' sports?
  1. Sarah B Knowles*
  1. 1 Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute, United States
  1. Correspondence to: Sarah B. Knowles, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute, 795 El Camino Real, Ames Building, Palo Alto, 94301, United States; knowless{at}pamfri.org

Abstract

Injuries to prominent sportswomen have raised questions about whether there is an injury epidemic for female athletes. Our aim was to synthesize the data on overall injury incidence among female athletes and present the evidence for specific injuries for which females appear to be at greater risk than males. We also reviewed the severity of female injuries, the hypothesized risk factors, and injury prevention studies. In general, females have a lower rate of injury than males. Females are at greater risk for specific injuries such as non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injuries, but these injuries are relatively rare. Further, females tend to have higher rates of surgery for the same injuries than males. Nevertheless, injury rates likely can be reduced by research efforts to identify modifiable risk factors using rigorous epidemiologic methods and the investigation of effective prevention programs.

Statistics from Altmetric.com

Footnotes

    Request permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

    Linked Articles