Knee Injuries in Female Student Athletes

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Musculoskeletal injuries to the lower extremities are common among female college student-athletes (SA) in sports that require hopping, pivoting, and running.

A recent study reported that from 2009 to 2014, 80,674 injuries occurred in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) female student athletes - resulting in an injury rate of 5.2 injuries per 1000 athlete-exposures. 

Common injuries in female college SA included:

ankle sprains (eg, injury rate = 1.15 per 1000 athlete-exposures [95% confidence interval, 1.10–1.20] in women’s basketball)

Serious time-loss injuries included anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries (eg, injury rate = 0.28 per 1000 athlete-exposures [95% confidence interval: 0.26–0.31] in women’s soccer).1 

Injuries can lead to short-term and long-term limitations in physical activity participation.  Injuries have also been reported to result in diminished quality of life both while a college athletes - here are some resources for mental health during recovery from sports injuries:

https://psychology.du.edu/clinics/center-performance-excellence

https://www.headspace.com/meditation/sport

 

Author
Dr. Catherine Logan Headshot Dr. Catherine Logan, MD, MBA Catherine Logan, MD, MBA, MSPT, is a sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon specializing in complex knee and shoulder surgery at Colorado Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics (COSMO) in Denver, Colorado. As a former physical therapist & trainer, Dr. Logan provides a distinct expertise in sports injury, prevention, and surgical management.

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