Women More Prone to Sports Injuries

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Do you realize that just because you are female, you are more susceptible to sports injuries?
Air Date: 7/23/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Mitchell J. Rauh, PhD, PT
Mitchell RauhMitchell J. Rauh, PT, PhD, MPH, FACSM, is presently a Professor and the Program Director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) at San Diego State University. He teaches the courses in Evidence-based Practice I and Interventions in Musculoskeletal (Orthopedic) Therapeutics in the DPT program. Prior to SDSU, he taught courses in Research Methods I and III to physical therapists completing their PhD degrees. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University.

He is Co-Principal Investigator of Project SPIRIT (Sports Injury Research In Teens), a multi-funded grant study that has monitored sport and running injuries and the female athlete triad syndrome and its impact on injury and long-term bone health among girls' high school sports.

Dr. Rauh is also a research scientist consultant at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego where he has received funding from the Department of Defense to examine risk factors for stress fracture and other overuse injuries in female recruits. He has authored/co-authored 150 original peer-reviewed scientific papers and abstracts. Dr. Rauh is also an active clinical practitioner in the San Diego area. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and has an appointment on ACSM's Strategic Health Initiative Committee for Women's Sport, Health and Physical Activity. Dr. Rauh is a member of the Sports Physical Therapy (SPTS) and Research sections of the American Physical Therapy Association. He has also served as the chairperson for the SPTS Female Athlete Special Interest Group. He has presented in symposiums and platform sessions at APTA, ACSM, NATA and SWACSM professional meetings on high school running and sports injury epidemiology and issues related running injuries and the female athlete triad syndrome. Dr. Rauh received the SPTS's Excellence in Research award in 2010 and 2013, and the Excellence in Education award in 2011.
Women More Prone to Sports Injuries
Have you ever been injured while exercising? If you're a woman, there's a great chance that your answer is YES.

That is because females are statistically more susceptible to sports injuries.

Whether it is plantar fasciitis, a pulled hamstring or a torn rotator cuff, women have a higher percentage of injuries from athletics and exercise than men.

Why is this the case? And is there anything you can do, as a woman, to prevent these injuries?

Special guest, Dr. Mitchell J. Rauh, weighs in on the phenomenon and shares ways you can protect yourself from being a victim of injury.