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WOMEN'S SPORTS MEDICINE PROGRAM A woman lifts weights at the gym
 

The Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Johns Hopkins was designed to support and care for female athletes of all ages and levels of performance. Our team of multi-specialty experts provides a wide range of health care services and collaborates to design care and treatment plans based on your needs and goals, whether you are struggling with nutrition, want to learn more about injury prevention or are dealing with an injury.

 
 
 

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Our Specialized Programs

  • Female athletes are eight times more likely to tear their ACL than male athletes. Studies show that strengthening and training the muscles that support the knee can help decrease ACL injuries in female athletes by as much as 90 percent — essentially reducing the risk of women to that of men.

    ACL injury prevention programs for female athletes focus on daily stretching and strengthening exercises with landing drills. Girls between the ages of 12 to 18 tend to experience the greatest risk reduction for ACL injuries.

    Johns Hopkins women’s sports medicine experts offer ACL injury awareness seminars and workshops to collegiate and high school athletes and coaches, teaching the latest information and techniques for injury prevention. For more information or to schedule a workshop with one of our experts, please call 410-955-6825.

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  • Concussions can lead to serious consequences resulting from brain injuries. Female athletes who play contact sports, including basketball, soccer, and lacrosse, as well as non-contact sports such as volleyball, are at risk of concussion due to collisions and other incidents. Research shows that concussions affect women differently than men, and often result in more severe and longer lasting symptoms.

    Nationally recognized concussion experts at Johns Hopkins offer assessments and interventions tailored to the needs of female athletes, helping them return to play, work and school after a concussion.  

    The Kennedy Krieger Institute Neurorehabilitation Concussion Clinic provides services for child athletes through high school. Collegiate and adult athletes can be evaluated and treated after a concussion through the Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Psychology Program.

    Our experts also offer educational seminars to raise awareness about the symptoms, gender differences and management of concussions.

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  • Performing artists require an enormous amount of athleticism, which makes dancers susceptible to distinct injuries. Therefore, the treatment of dancers requires familiarity with their needs and extensive knowledge of the culture and demands of their sport to properly diagnose injuries and return athletes quickly and safely to activity.

    In addition to in-office injury consultations, our experts offer on-site injury screenings and educational seminars to help raise awareness about the injuries and issues affecting female performing artists.

    Our performing arts rehabilitation team provides treatment for dancers by dancers and offers an impressive array of experience and expertise in performing arts.

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  • Today, more women are remaining not only active but athletic during their pregnancies. While guidelines on exercise during pregnancy are available, most do not address high-level athletes — leaving many questions unanswered for these women.

    The Women’s Sports Medicine Program promotes the advancement of knowledge surrounding pregnancy and sports medicine through research and education.

    Our experts, including obstetricians, sports medicine specialists and physical therapists, provide comprehensive care for women who wish to remain active during pregnancies. Through a collaborative approach, we provide activity-specific treatment plans while maintaining awareness of the restrictions and modifications that are required during this phase of life.

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  • Maintaining appropriate nutrition is a critical step in building a healthy foundation for athletes. Adequate nutrients help women build healthy muscles, recover from workouts, and avoid injury and fatigue.

    High-performance athletes often do not realize how high their caloric output can be, and many are unknowingly undernourished. In female athletes, this can lead to dangerous consequences, such as hormonal disturbances, the weakening of the bones, stress fractures, and even eating disorders such as anorexia.

    The Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program is a nationally recognized treatment center for eating disorders that offers sport-specific treatments to help female athletes maintain a healthy lifestyle and training regimen so that they can stay in the game.

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Women's Sports Medicine Specialists

Our program includes a comprehensive group of providers from multiple specialties who are experts in their respective fields. Together, our team creates a collaborative approach to advance research, education and patient care for female athletes across the country.

 

Primary Care Sports Medicine

Hand Surgery 

Concussion Management

Eating Disorders and Nutrition 

Internal Medicine

Musculoskeletal Radiology

Physical Therapy 

  • Kenneth Johnson, P.T.

    Ken Johnson
  • Andrea Lasner, P.T.

    Andrea Lasner
 

Women's Sports Medicine Summer Internship

This one-month program is designed for premedical and medical students to increase exposure and gain experience in the field of women’s sports medicine. It will include shadowing opportunities in orthopaedic surgery, clinic and physical therapy, and the completion of a summer research project. The program is currently on pause but will be open again this summer under the direction of Alexis Coslick, D.O. Stay tuned for how to apply.

 

Support Our Program

Women around the world are challenging the definition of what it means to be a female athlete. Help us keep them healthy by supporting our program. Your gift can fund research and outreach efforts around the optimal treatments for this growing community.

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