Women's Sports Medicine Program
Women's Sports Injury & Performance Clinic
Our multidisciplinary clinic provides comprehensive treatment for female athletes. Our team performs expert evaluation of sports injuries and provides a sport-specific treatment plan for return-to-play.
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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.
The Three Core Components of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program
Dr. Miho Tanaka, Director of the Women's Sports Medicine Program, discusses the interrelated clinical, research and educational missions of this important program.
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.
Together, our experts collaborate to identify and develop solutions to female-specific injuries and conditions in sports medicine.
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.
Muscle imbalances and specific movement patterns can cause females to be at greater risk for injuries, but this risk can be lowered.
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.
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.
Cardiovascular considerations and performance measures in exercise tolerance are different in female and male athletes.
Females appear to be more likely to suffer from prolonged symptoms after sustaining a concussion when compared to males.
Our experts in the news
ACL Injury Prevention on WCVB Channel 5
Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee are one of the most common causes for season-ending surgery for female athletes. Miho Tanaka, MD, and Kelly McInnis, DO educate female athletes about ways to prevent ACL injuries from occurring in the first place.
Dr. Kelly McInnis on Charged podcast
Kelly McInnis, DO discusses her interest in working with female athletes and unique challenges they face. She talks about her passion for helping athletes of all levels recover, as well as her how her background in non-surgical care can complement the work of orthopaedic surgeons.