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July 1996 Table of Contents


Special Issue Introduction: Keeping Pace With Today's Active Women

Julie Colliton, MD

An Active Menopause: Using Exercise to Combat Symptoms

Exercise has a twofold effect for perimenopausal women: It reduces many immediate symptoms of menopause and decreases the long-term risks of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and obesity. Physicians can help patients understand these benefits and how to reap them with aerobic exercise, resistance training, and stretching.

Mona M. Shangold, MD

Common Musculoskeletal Injuries in Women

Though research has yet to clearly link gender to any injury etiology, physicians continue to ponder the causes of women's sports injuries. The author analyzes the most common problems active women face and suggests effective strategies for diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention.

Elizabeth A. Arendt, MD

Conservative Treatment of Urinary Stress Incontinence

Urinary stress incontinence plagues nearly 50% of women who exercise regularly. Numerous conservative treatments, such as pelvic floor strengthening, mechanical devices, and medication, are available to restore continence.

Patty Kulpa, MD

Patient Adviser: Preventing Urinary Incontinence in Active Women

Patty Kulpa, MD

The Female Athlete Triad: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Because the female athlete triad—concurrent disordered eating, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis—can lead to irreversible bone loss and death, early detection is imperative. The author outlines how physicians, as well as friends, parents, and coaches, can be alert to the signs and symptoms of this condition.

Angela D. Smith, MD

Mitral Valve Prolapse in Active Patients: Recognition, Treatment, and Exercise Recommendations

Mitral valve prolapse is usually a benign condition, but physicians need to recognize complications. The author reviews established treatment and exercise guidelines for prolapse of varying severity.

Elizabeth Joy, MD

Back Pain and Pregnancy: Active Management Strategies

For about half of all pregnant women, low-back pain is inevitable. Physicians can encourage patients who are not yet pregnant to get fit and resolve back problems; for pregnant patients, specific exercises and ergonomic adaptations can minimize low-back stress and pain.

Julie Colliton, MD

Patient Adviser: Pregnant With Back Pain? Suggested Comfort Tactics

Julie Colliton, MD

Guidelines for Diagnosing Osteoporosis

Women of any age can be at risk of developing osteoporosis. Recent improvements in technology and methods for classifying the severity of the disease have made it easier to detect which women need treatment.

Gail P. Dalsky, PhD

Managing Urinary Tract and Vaginal Infections

The author outlines how to diagnose both urinary tract infections and vaginitis and explains how over-the-counter and prescription medications, in addition to home-based remedies, can be used for treatment and prevention.

Susan W. Ryan, DO

Patient Adviser: Bladder and 'Yeast' Infections: Prevention and Cure

Susan W. Ryan, DO

Olympic Insights

The Physician and Sportsmedicine talks with four women Olympians (Bonnie Blair, Connie Carpenter Phinney, Dot Richardson, MD, Dawn Staley) about what motivates them and how they've overcome medical obstacles.

Jacqueline White


Editor's Notes
A Special Issue on Active Women's Health

Editorial Board/Staff

Coming in Sportsmedicine

Nutrition Adviser
Food Fight: Calling a Truce With Disordered Eating
Nancy Clark, MS, RD


Rehab Adviser
Using Mind Power for Healing
Marcia Middel, PhD

Change of Address Information

Exercise Adviser
Choosing Exercise for Better Health
Wilma Wooten, MD, MPH

CME Self Test

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