Physicians and staff of the Sports Medicine Center and Women's Sports Medicine Program at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin play an important role in sports research. Studies examine a wide range of topics including exercise physiology, body biomechanics, attitudes and behaviors, and sports-related injuries, conditions and treatments.
Sports Medicine Research
- The study of the Female Athlete Triad, an interrelated condition of disordered eating, lack of menstrual periods (amenorrhea) and osteoporosis (bone loss).
- Examining factors that contribute to the development of the syndrome, as well as treatment methods,
- Determining the prevalence of the Triad at all local girls’ high schools and with the Milwaukee Ballet.
- Studies finding that women with the Triad also have evidence of a new fourth component, premature heart disease.
- Perceptions of current and ideal body shapes of male and female high school and college runners.
- The effects of aging on athletic performance and the increased risk of injury for older athletes.
- The identification of the treadmill as the best indoor exercise machine for burning calories.
- The value of a camera-based, motion analysis system in examining the upper body throwing and swinging action.
- The study of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use in athletes.
- A comparison of attitudes concerning at-risk behaviors for skiers and snowboarders.
- Identification of adolescent attitudes toward the use of sport supplements, and the use of safety equipment in skateboarding, inline skating and snowboarding.
- The use of collagen meniscus implants and donated meniscus cartilage to treat knee injury and pain.
- Biomechanical studies of ligament function during reconstructive surgery.
- Injury patterns and risk factors in female high school athletes.