Women's Sports Medicine Program
Women's Sports Injury & Performance Clinic
Our multidisciplinary clinic combines expertise in surgery, physiatry and physical therapy to provide comprehensive care for female athletes with sport-specific injury treatment plans focused on 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.
Serving the Rapidly Evolving Field of Women’s Sports
Dr. Miho Tanaka, Director of the Women's Sports Medicine Program, discusses the ways in which women's sports medicine is changing.
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.
A Personalized Approach to Return-to-Play
Dr. Miho Tanaka, Director of the Women's Sports Medicine Program, discusses the Program's Sports Injury and Performance Clinic.
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 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:
Cardiovascular considerations and performance measures in exercise tolerance differ with gender.
Hormonal changes can influence certain musculoskeletal conditions. Changes in energy availability can also cause hormonal alterations.
With specialized knowledge about the safety of peripartum training, our multidisciplinary team helps guide the treatment of sports medicine injuries during pregnancy.
Female athletes are 4-8 times more likely to tear their ACL than males, but this risk can be lowered.
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.
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.