4 Injuries More Likely to Happen to Women

A lot of people don’t realize that there are some physical differences between men and women that could lead to an increased risk of injury. The following are 4 sports injuries that are more likely to happen to women and a few tips to prevent them.

Anterior Knee Pain

This knee pain is usually experienced around the front of the knee and is felt under the kneecap. This type of injury is common in active women because of changes in biomechanics of the legs, including strength in the quad and glute. Weakness in these muscles can cause both the knee and foot to to bend inwards. Improving your strength in both these muscles will help prevent any knee pain.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are tears to the ligaments that usually happen on the outside of the ankle. These are often caused by muscle weakness in the abdomen and hip when running or changing direction. Improving overall leg strength with balance drill scan reduce the risk of a sprain.

Plantar Fasciitis

This is probably the most common cause of heel pain due to inflammation or injury to the tissues in the sole of the foot. It is often caused by repetitive stretching or overload to the sole, which is why runners often experience this issue. It is more common in women because they often change their footwear between high heels and low flats. Wearing proper shoes and avoiding switching shoe heights constantly can definitely prevent this injury.

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are fine hairline fractures in the bone and are common in the foot and lower leg. They are often caused by overuse resulting in repetitive stresses. These types of injuries are more common in women because of poor nutrition and a reduction in bone density. Eating a healthy and well balanced diet can help prevent stress fractures.

If you are experiencing any of these injuries an experienced Kinesiologist from Fleming Fitness can help you. We provide in-home injury rehab services to the Ottawa and Kingston areas – contact us to learn more!

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