Women's Sports Medicine Program

We aim to lead the advancement of women’s sports and exercise medicine through multidisciplinary expert clinical care, research and education.

Our Mission

Our experts from multiple specialties provide coordinated and comprehensive care for female athletes. We provide cutting edge, evidence-driven treatment and to contribute to the scientific knowledge necessary to optimize the care of female athletes. As women continually break barriers in their careers in sports, the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Mass General is designed to support the growing medical needs of this unique population.

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Clinical Care

Our experts are leaders in their fields, each with a special interest in treating female athletes and experience in treating athletes in female-specific sports.

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Research

Together, our experts collaborate to identify and develop solutions to female-specific injuries and conditions in sports medicine.

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Education & Outreach

We provide education, focusing particularly on improving community education & outreach on important topics like injury prevention for athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and parents.

What makes female athletes different?

As the caliber of women's sports continues to rise, the image and definition of the female athlete continues to evolve. Women are more commonly staying active with age, and participating in an expanding variety of sports and exercise modalities. With this, the rates of acute and overuse injuries we see in females athletes are rapidly rising, yet knowledge of the factors that influence injuries in women is still evolving.

Learn more about ACL injury preventative training programs.

Female athletes are 4-8 times more likely to tear their ACL than males.

Muscle imbalances and specific movement patterns can cause females to be at greater risk for injuries, but this risk can be lowered.

Learn more about disordered eating in female altheses

Disordered eating is a common problem in female athletes.

Whether intentional or not, alterations in diet and energy availability can lead to serious metabolic consequences that can result in bone injury and subsequent medical conditions.

Learn more about exercise during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a unique challenge for female athletes.

With growing knowledge about the safety of training during pregnancy, our multidisciplinary team helps guide the treatment of sports medicine injuries in the peripartum period.

Learn more about women's cardiovascular health

Are women's hearts different than men's hearts?

Cardiovascular considerations and performance measures in exercise tolerance are different in female and male athletes.

Learn more about concussions in female althletes.

Concussion symptoms vary between males and females

Females appear to be more likely to suffer from prolonged symptoms after sustaining a concussion when compared to males.

Learn more about the reproductive endocrinology unit at Mass General

Can hormones play a role in sports injuries?

Hormonal changes can influence certain musculoskeletal conditions. Changes in energy availability can also cause hormonal alterations.

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