Coaches May be Hurting Female Athletes, Study Reports

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Athletic phenoms such as Marion Jones, Serena Williams and Michelle Kwan have caused a tremendous increase in female sports participation. But, for many young female athletes, this increase in sports participation brings bad news. The latest research reveals female athletes spend $646 million each year on knee surgeries alone, compared to an estimated $81 million for male athletes.

Athletic phenoms such as Marion Jones, Serena Williams and Michelle Kwan have caused a tremendous increase in female sports participation. So much so that nearly half of all high school athletes are now female.

But, for many young female athletes, this increase in sports participation brings bad news. The latest research reveals female athletes spend $646 million each year on knee surgeries alone, compared to an estimated $81 million for male athletes.

With most of the educational materials being created for male athletes, coaches and trainers just aren’t receiving the education they need to effectively work with female athletes. Recently reported by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in their Consensus Report titled, Female Athlete Issues for the Team Physician, “…injury rate is two to ten times higher in females than in their male counterparts.”

Edward J. Wojtys, MD, editor of Orthopedics Today's Sports Medicine section, said that it “has been become clear that the female athlete is different from the male athlete. Nutrition, training, health issues all need to be addressed in a gender-specific manner, and recent research has supported that.” Dr. Wojtys went on to say, “In the past, training of female athletes was conducted the same as for male athletes. That clearly was not the right approach.”

“Girls simply cannot train for sports the same way boys do. In order to avoid excessive injury they must adhere to a specific pre-training pattern to properly prepare the body – something that most high school and college coaches don’t know how to do, let alone a weekend soccer coach,” stated Steve Gordon, PhD, former Chief of Musculoskeletal Diseases Branch at the at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “This is precisely the reason I co-authored SAFELY TRAINING THE ADOLESCENT FEMALE ATHLETE – to help drive down the high female injury rate by properly educating coaches and trainers to know how to work with these young athletes.”

Dr. Gordon commented on the release of the consensus report by saying, “It’s about time this important issue became noticed by the medical society. More and more girls are injured every day because of poor athletic training caused by a lack of quality education for the personal trainers and coaches.”

“This is the first and most comprehensive training program in the industry. We are honored to work with these world renowned experts and accomplished authors, Dr. Gordon, Robert Filer and Warren Potash,” said Dr. Sal Arria, Executive Director of the International Sports Sciences Association. “Their program is cutting edge yet easy for anyone to understand. Every person who works with athletes should know how to safely train adolescent females...there is no excuse, their techniques and training methods work.” Dr. Arria concluded.

SAFELY TRAINING THE ADOLESCENT FEMALE ATHLETE is the only training program in existence dealing specifically with working with young female athletes. Dr. Gordon co-authored the 84-page course with Robert Filer, MPT, and Warren J. Potash, NFTA, Accredited Fitness Professional, to address topics such as; nutrition and eating disorders, physical training; shoulder, knee and bone conditions; contest preparation; stress fractures and menstrual dysfunction. After working with countless female athletes for a combined 61 years, the three authors have lectured, counseled and taught thousands of medical Doctors, coaches, personal trainers, and concerned parents on the proper care of adolescent female athletes.

About the Program

SAFELY TRAINING THE ADOLESCENT FEMALE ATHLETE, PART 1 ($119, 5 CEU’s); PART II ($119, 5 CEU’s) is published by the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), and can be ordered toll-free 800-892-4772, CEU department. The program can be ordered online at http://www.ISSAOnline.com

About ISSA

Since 1988 the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) has provided certification and continuing education to over 50,000 fitness professionals. ISSA certifications are recognized worldwide. From Sports Conditioning to Youth Fitness, ISSA offers 10 certification programs and dozens of continuing education courses. For more information on the ISSA, please visit: http://www.issaonline.com

To schedule an interview with an author of SAFELY TRAINING THE ADOLESCENT FEMALE ATHLETE, or with a representative of ISSA, please contact:

Rochelle Yoshida

Director of Public Relations for the ISSA

Email: rochelle@issaonline.com

Toll-free: 1-800-892-4772

International: (805) 884-8111

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