Musculoskeletal Issues and Care Specific to the Female Athlete

Alexandria Haselhorst*, Monica Rho

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


Purpose of Review: This chapter aims to provide recent updates in the literature regarding musculoskeletal issues in the female athlete that affects their care. The content will aim to supply specific history, physical exam, diagnostic and treatment pearls for medical providers caring for female athletes. Recent Findings: Female athletes are more likely to be injured and spend more time away from sport due to their injuries when compared with their male counterparts. The causes of these issues have been found to be multifactorial due to anatomic differences, hormonal influences, and biomechanical patterns that predispose females to injury. Summary: Female and male athletes differ in the types of injuries they sustain and the contributing factors that lead to these injuries. This allows the unique opportunity to study these variables and how they can individualize prevention and treatment strategies for each sex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-259
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020


  • Anterior cruciate ligament injury
  • Female athlete
  • Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome
  • Lateral ankle sprain
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


Dive into the research topics of 'Musculoskeletal Issues and Care Specific to the Female Athlete'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this