Susceptibility of women athletes to injury. Myths vs reality

JAMA. 1976 Jul 12;236(2):163-5.


To separate fact from fiction regarding the susceptibility of women athletes to injury, three surveys were conducted. The initial data were collected from the athletic departments of collegiate institutions, and the final material was assembled from certified athletic trainers at these institutions, plus an extensive computer search of applicable publications. The collected statistical data were tabulated, and a written commentary was evaluated by the authors. It was established that injuries sustained by female athletes, aside from those related to different biological structures, were essentially no different than those of men, nor are well-trained women athletes more prone to injury. Ankle and knee injuries are most frequent, and women sustain many contusions, sprains, and shin splints. It is anticipated that the overall number of injuries will decrease as better coaches and trainers become available to women athletes.

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / epidemiology
  • Physical Education and Training
  • Protective Devices
  • Sex Factors
  • Sprains and Strains / epidemiology