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Seminar Helps Keep Female Athletes in the Game

MADISON - Female athletes are much closer to parity in competitive sports, but they are also much more likely to suffer season-ending injuries to their knees.


In fact, recent studies have shown that in comparison to male athletes, female soccer players suffer twice as many injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and female basketball players suffer four times as many ACL injuries. Both sports also produce significantly higher rates of knee cartilage injuries in female athletes.


But injuries are not inevitable. A free UW Health Sports Medicine seminar Oct. 30 will teach female athletes, parents and coaches several techniques to decrease the incidence of knee injury to female athletes between the ages of 12 and 18.

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"Keeping Female Athletes in the Game," will feature sports medicine physicians Dr. Tammy Scerpella, Dr. Kathleen Carr, and Dr. Alison Brooks as well as health psychologist Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, and the UW sports rehabilitation staff. They will explain why female athletes are more susceptible to certain injuries and what can be done to decrease the likelihood of injuries and optimize performance and health. The seminar will include sports training workshops for athletes:

  • Dynamic Warm-up: Drills that can be used for a dynamic warm-up before practice or competition. Dynamic warm-up activities have been shown to be better than static stretching exercises in preparing for sports participation.
  • Jumping and Landing: Proper landing alignment and techniques can reduce chances of injury and also help create more power for an increased vertical jump.

The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 30 from 9:30am to noon at UW Health Research Park Clinic's Sports Medicine Center, 621 Science Drive, Madison. Registration is available online. Unable to attend the session? Follow us on Twitter to receive live updates.


Date Published: 10/12/2010

News tag(s):  tamara a scerpellakathleen e carrm alison brooksshilagh a mirgain

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