Female Athlete Program | Overview

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  • International: +1-617-355-5209
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The number of girls and young women in competitive sports has skyrocketed in the last few decades. At the same time, Boston Children’s Sports Medicine Division, the first pediatric sports medicine center in the United States, has grown and specialized to meet the unique needs of female athletes. Its Female Athlete Program is comprised of leaders in sports medicine. Our team cares for athletes of all ages—from elite professionals to eager novices—and stands out in the nation for its specialized care and research.

Our approach

Female Athlete Program at Boston Children's Hospital's Sports Medicine DivisionThe experts in our Female Athlete Program use a comprehensive approach to diagnosis, treatment and management to keep female athletes healthy and at the top of their game. Our caregivers assess the whole athlete and evaluate exercise habits, hormonal balance and nutritional needs, not just symptoms and injuries, to ensure peak performance.

We specialize in caring for patients with the Female Athlete Triad. This condition is characterized by low energy availability, menstrual dysfunction and decreased bone mineral density. (Female Athlete Triad may be referred to as Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport or RED-S. This more inclusive term recognizes that there may be other health and performance consequences from low energy availability and that men can also be affected.) Our clinical team helps young female athletes increase their energy availability, resume regular menstrual cycles, improve bone health and address their other health and performance concerns.

In the news

Are Your Child’s Bones Strong Enough?
The Wall Street Journal, October 3, 2016

Suffering on the sidelines, more athletes hit by ACL tears
The Boston Globe, October 5, 2014

Needham High soccer star, other girls coping with rise in ACL tears
The Boston Globe, October 5, 2014

Girls’ soccer players dealing with rise in ACL tears
The Boston Globe, October 5, 2014

Tips to prevent ACL tears
The Boston Globe, October 5, 2014

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