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The gender gap in sports injuries
- By Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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“Another theory suggests that hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle make women particularly prone to injury. However, this has not been proven and research on the subject is inconclusive.”
If the research is inconclusive, then it is not a “theory” but a hypothesis. The term of “just a theory” needs to be eliminated. Let’s make people smarter, not negligent. This is a great article, but little things like this only deter the progression of athletes.
I have successfully trained more than 600 teen female athletes since 1995 who have played every sport.
If every female athlete trained for lower body stabilization, there would be less knee and other lower body injuries.
For those athletes in overhead sports, train the rotator cuff as part of the training program. Use single leg balance exercises during training with knee bent and hips back.
The most common injury in female athletics is FAR and AWAY, lower back injuries.
Take it from a guy that makes a living, training female athletes: the least talked about reason for female injuries is that female athletes are much tougher than their male counterparts. Females have a higher pain threshold and are MUCH MORE likely to play thru pain and injury. Plus add in the cultural aspect that a female athlete does not want to let her teammates and coaches down. They will go out of their way to ‘please’
Yes, sorry guys, I’ve just knocked your macho image down a few notches. Notice I didn’t say females were stronger or faster, just TOUGHER!
Also, female athletes are ‘quad dominate’. Male athletes are hamstring dominate……which is another huge factor.
I used to have a very severe form of plantar fasciitis… But, now I remember it only as a bad dream!
I’m a busy person, so I had no time to see doctors, get acupuncture or physiotherapy. I didn’t know what to do and the pain was killing me, I could barely walk. So, I did a research hoping to find something that could help me. And guess what?
I found one e-book which taught me a lot about plantar fasciitis, it’s symptoms, causes and how to cure it. I followed it carefully and I completely got rid of my plantar fasciitis in 3 days! Can you believe that? I thought it’s a miracle, but then I did some more research about this e-book and found a lot of satisfied people who also claimed that they cured they plantar fasciitis fast. What a finding!
Have a good day 🙂
Do you recall what the name was, or the web address was, for the e-book that was so effective?
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