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A Special Issue on Active Women's Health

THE PHYSICIAN AND SPORTSMEDICINE - VOL 24 - NO. 7 - JULY 96


Women's athletics are coming of age. Women's events at the high school, college, and Olympic levels are drawing unprecedented attention. Meanwhile, you've probably noticed a more subtle change in your practice: There are more women and girls seeking treatment and advice on more issues related to recreational sports and fitness than ever before. These women want to stay fit and healthy from girlhood through the childbearing years—and well beyond menopause.

This month we feature a dynamic group of authors. Their passion for an informed approach to active women's health will give you tools to help your female patients stay fit throughout life. As Julie Colliton, MD, explains in her introduction to this special issue, women's needs and problems may be very different from those of your active male patients. Each article and patient handout explores a unique facet of care—from musculoskeletal injuries to genitourinary problems to disordered eating to pregnancy to fitness.

For example, in "Common Musculoskeletal Injuries in Women," author Elizabeth A. Arendt, MD, suggests special strategies to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, and prevent the most common problems active women face—anterior cruciate ligament, patellofemoral, shoulder, and foot injuries.

While osteoporosis threatens many women past menopause, increasingly it's turning up among young athletic women with amenorrhea. In "Guidelines for Diagnosing Osteoporosis," author Gail P. Dalsky, PhD, explains that a consensus on the definition of osteoporosis, along with improved diagnostic methods, are making it easier to assess the threat and to intervene effectively.

As we wait for research to catch up to our female patients' day-to-day treatment needs, we hope you'll pay particular attention to this special issue. As Colliton says, the needs of active women vary widely. This issue will help you in treating the next one who walks through your door.

Cordially,
Richard H. Strauss, MD
Editor-in-Chief




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