Women's Sports Medicine Program

Mass General leads 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 rises, the image and definition of the female athlete evolves. Women are staying active with age, and participating in an ever-expanding variety of sports and exercise modalities. With increased participation, the rates of acute and overuse injuries are rapidly rising, yet knowledge of the role gender plays in sports injury is still limited. Our ongoing research shows significant differences in the following areas:

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Heart Health

Cardiovascular considerations and performance measures in exercise tolerance differ with gender.

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Endocrinology

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

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Pregnancy

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

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ACL Injuries

Female athletes are 4-8 times more likely to tear their ACL than males, but this risk can be lowered.

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Disordered Eating

More common for female athletes, alterations in diet and energy availability can lead to serious metabolic consequences that can result in bone injury and chronic medical conditions.

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Concussions

Research suggests that women are more likely to suffer prolonged symptoms after sustaining a concussion when compared to males.

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