Women's Sports Medicine Program
The Women’s Sports Medicine Program offers a variety of specialized services to aid recovery, optimize performance and promote general health and fitness.
The Female Athlete TriadThe Female Athlete Triad consists of three interrelated medical conditions:
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- Amenorrhea (loss of menstrual periods), which leads to
We have conducted several studies on the female athlete triad and its short- and long-term consequences, including increased stress fractures. We have a multidisciplinary team of physicians, dietitians, and psychologists to treat the triad, and more than 15 years of experience studying this hidden condition.
Ours is one of the largest women’s sports medicine programs in the Midwest. We treat athletes from all over Wisconsin and northern Illinois for the female athlete triad and other conditions unique to female athletes.
We’re also training the next generation of sports medicine physicians. We offer the only sports medicine fellowship focused on the female athlete.
Physical TherapyPhysical therapists skilled in the treatment of sports injury and up-to-date on unique issues in women, provide expert evaluation and develop exercise programs to get athletes back in shape and back in their game.
Women athletes are at a greater risk of experiencing a variety of muscular-skeletal issues, including ACL tears, patellofemoral pain (kneecap pain), shoulder problems and foot deformities. As a preventative measure, we offer exercise and evaluation programs designed to match individual needs. Because female athletes are four to six times more likely to suffer knee injuries, the Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Prevention Program provides proactive care to reduce the risk of major knee injury. The Performance and Enhancement Program (PEP) addresses injury prevention in general and optimal performance.
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NutritionDietitians provide a thorough evaluation of eating habits and provide guidance to help athletes make healthy food choices that furnish optimal fuel for exercise. Our trained staff will also address individual requirements, such as training diets, weight reduction and muscle gain, recovery meals and disordered eating. Body composition testing is also available.
OsteoporosisBone health is an area of concern specific to women and particularly to the female athlete. Our comprehensive prevention and treatment approach screens for at-risk athletes and utilizes state-of-the-art DEXA scanning for early diagnosis of osteoporosis/osteopenia.
Skilled counselors provide guidance in handling sports-specific issues, such as performance anxiety, stress, time management and disordered eating.
The Pregnant AthletePregnant athletes experience unique musculoskeletal injuries. We recognize and treat these conditions in a comprehensive manner. We also advise mothers-to-be on how to maintain activity throughout their pregnancies, while our specially designed pre- and post-partum exercise programs benefit both mother and baby. Additionally, we provide guidance on physical and nutritional topics related to pregnancy.
Last Review Date: Feb. 19, 2013
Online Editor(s): Shannon Krause