The female athlete and increasing injury trends

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I attended the 2016 Soccer Medicine Symposium last night in New York. Several points made during the lectures were not surprising: the fact that soccer is becoming exceedingly popular in the US, especially with the female gender; the fact that children are choosing a single sport at a younger age; the fact that sports injuries are on the rise. What was surprising, and even rather alarming, however, was the fact that women's sports injuries, in both soccer and other sports has reached, to a degree, an epidemic, which is unmatched in the male population. The reasons for this are varied, and not totally conclusive at this point. Physical and anatomical differences are being investigated, along with variations in training methods, and play on the field. 

Accordingly, I have reviewed my own groin injury and sports hernia data, and the trend in my practice is following suit. We are seeing a significantly higher number of women with sports related groin injuries in the practice. We will be taking a closer look at this phenomenon in the coming year.

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