One of the biggest conundrums of sports medicine is trying to understand why female runners have high rates of bone stress injury, including stress reactions and stress fractures.
One of the pivotal messages any parent, coach or clinician can ram home for young girls is to be active, early and to make sure they play multidirectional sports.
Because we have a limited opportunity to build the bone bank, and therefore stronger bones, in any child, but especially girls.
Today’s thrilling episode of Bartold Clinical News looks at this exact issue and may be one of the most important reads for your young female patients ever.
Specifically, it explores if bone properties in female cross-country runners can be improved by playing ball sports when younger, keeping in mind female cross country runners have the highest injury rates for bone stress injury.
What is your guess.. what should you tell your patients?
Warden et al 2022. Enhanced Bone Size, Microarchitecture, and Strength in Female Runners with a History of Playing Multidirectional Sports. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: August 6, 2022
Please take listen to this latest vlog, wherever you may be, and let us know your thoughts on this critical issue in sports medicine.
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