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Overuse Injuries More Common in Women

Summary: What are the top sports that would cause overuse injury, particularly in women.
Air Date: 7/24/15
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Timothy E. Hewett, PhD, FACSM
Tim Hewett Timothy E. Hewett, PhD, FACSM, is Director of Research at Ohio State University Sports Medicine.

Dr. Hewett is a Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Cell Biology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Family Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, as well as the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University. Dr. Hewett has a doctorate in Physiology and Biophysics and post-doctoral fellowships in Molecular Biology and Biomechanics.

Dr. Hewett is a pioneer and an international leading expert in the field of injury prevention, with a special focus on ACL risk factor and prevention research. Dr. Hewett has published over 260 peer-reviewed articles with over 21,000 citations in the medical literature, an h-index over 80 and has authored a book and several book chapters. He is a permanent member of the National Institutes of Health MRS Study Section and is on the Editorial board for several medical journals.

He is an international expert in the field of injury prevention, especially of ACL injuries. Dr. Hewett has received several prestigious awards, including the NCAA, Excellence in Research, Systematic Review and multiple O'Donoghue Awards from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Rose Excellence in Research Award from the American Physical Therapy Association, the Clint Thompson Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association and a Young Investigator's Award from the American Heart Association.

He has been a Keynote speaker at many national and international conferences. His work has been cited on hundreds of occasions in lay press journals, including over ten in the New York Times, as well as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fox News, NPR and CBS. Dr. Hewett is a member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, The Orthopaedic Research Society and The American Physiological Society and is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine.
Overuse Injuries More Common in Women
There's no denying the risk of an injury when you play a sport, especially a sport that requires bursts of energy, body contact, and a high endurance level.

Head injuries like concussions from football and soccer seem to be the most common, but overuse injuries are just as common.

According to a nationwide data study spanning 20 sports and six school years, women are more prone to overuse injuries, especially if they played sports in their teenage years.

What are the sports that are most likely to cause overuse injuries in females?

The study found that track and field, field hockey, lacrosse, and gymnastics saw more overuse injuries than any other sport, including male sports.

Why are women more prone to overuse injuries?

Dr. Timothy Hewett shares the recent study that shows females are more prone to overuse injury than males and why that may be.