Sports Medicine for Female Athletes
The Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin provides specialized care for female athletes and the unique physical, psychological and medical issues they face. A subcomponent 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.
Female Athlete Injury Injury Prevention, Treatment & Recovery
Our team of experienced health care 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 female athletes of any age at any competitive level.
This holistic approach requires a unique team of health care professionals experienced in a wide range of specialties. Areas of focus for the female athlete specialists include:
The Female Athlete Triad
The Female Athlete Triad consists of three interrelated medical conditions:
- Eating disorders, which lead to
- 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. We treat athletes from all over Wisconsin and northern Illinois for the female athlete triad and other conditions unique to female athletes.
Physical 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.
Injury Prevention & Performance Enhancement
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 ACL Injury Prevention Program provides proactive care to reduce the risk of major knee injury.
Dietitians provide a thorough evaluation of eating habits and provide guidance to help athletes make healthy food choices that furnish optimal fuel for exercise. Advice is tailored to each athlete’s needs and addresses a variety of topics including body composition, weight reduction, muscle and weight gain, hydration, and nutrition planning for endurance training and events, recovery meals and disordered eating.
Osteoporosis Prevention & Treatment in the Female Athlete
Bone 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 Athlete
Pregnant 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.
Female Sports Medicine Research
The Women’s Sports Medicine Program plays an important role in sports research. We’re also training the next generation of sports medicine physicians. We offer the only sports medicine fellowship focused on the female athlete. Learn more about the female athlete studies conducted.
Anne Hoch, DO, Medical College of Wisconsin orthopaedic surgeon has been researching the dangers of the female athlete triad — disordered eating, amenorrhea, osteoporosis — for years. Read more about this at the Medical College of Wisconsin's website.