Injuries in Female Athletes
In the military, injury rates in females have been reported as being greater – more females are discharged from the military due to injury – studies in non-military populations often have mixed or inconclusive results. Sallis et al (2001) found no differences in injury rates between male and female college athletes in 7 different sports.
Concepts of injury are the same in female as in male athletes, except that some injuries are considered more common in female:
• iliotibial band syndrome (assumed to be more common due to wider pelvis)
• patellofemoral pain syndrome (assumed to be more common due to wider pelvis greater Q angle)
• anterior cruciate ligament injuries
• stress fractures (due to the ‘female triad’)