Sports Medicine Center Offers
Program for Women
(Sept. 18, 2003) — During the past 25 years, the number of women participating in sports and fitness programs has grown considerable. Today, nearly four million girls compete in high school and college athletics. And nationwide, it is estimated that more than 55 million women are involved in recreational and competitive sports. This increased level of activity has many profound and far-reaching benefits. Despite all the benefits, active women are also at a greater risk of experiencing specific types of sports-related injuries and conditions due to the unique biomechanics of the female body.
The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Women's Sports Medicine Center provides specialized care for female athletes and the unique physical, medical and psychological issue they face. A sub-specialty of the Sports Medicine Center, it is one of only a few comprehensive female-focused sports programs in the entire country and the only one in the Midwest. Our team of experienced healthcare specialists work in a multidisciplinary environment to diagnose, treat and prevent sports-related injury and medical conditions. Additionally, our specialized approach encourages optimal performance and promotes a physically active lifestyle for all women of any age.
“Due to unique biomechanical and hormonal factors, female athletes have unique risk factors for injury that are different from those that affect males,” says Anne Hoch, DO, Medical College of Wisconsin physiatrist and director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program. “To address these issues, we developed the Women’s Sports Medicine Program. We treat everyone, including professionals and college and high school athletes, in addition to pregnant athletes, weekend warriors and active women in general.”
The program’s team includes sports physicians, orthopedic surgeons, dietitians athletic trainers, physical therapists, nurse and sports psychologists. Its full range services diagnosis and treatment of exercise and sports-related injuries with an emphasis on screening for female-specific conditions, menstrual problems, osteoporosis and disordered eating in athletes. It also provides treatment for exercise-related medical problems, such as anemia and asthma. Additionally, the program provides fitness and performance analysis, including sports psychology to address performance anxiety, stress and time management.