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SOURCE The University of Kansas Hospital
KANSAS CITY, Kan., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Many Americans are familiar with common injuries sustained by male athletes because of the heavy year-round media coverage of men's sports. But as the tournament season for women's basketball gets underway, many people may be interested to learn that potential injury risks for female athletes differ from their male counterparts.
"Women are more likely to have a different set of injuries playing basketball due to inherent differences in anatomy or muscle control and responses," says Dr. Kim Templeton, an orthopedic surgeon at The University of Kansas Hospital and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery in the University School of Medicine. "Women can help reduce their potential for an injury by understanding these differences and attempting to modify those factors that can be addressed, such as relative weakness of some muscles or avoiding positions that place them at higher risk for injury."
Dr. Templeton, who is senior editor and co-author of the recently released medical textbook "Women's Sports Injuries," lists the following injuries as most common for female athletes:
(View a video of Dr. Templeton explaining the differences between men's and women's sports injuries here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dievo5YNHtI.)
If an injury does occur, Dr. Templeton recommends discussing this with a health care professional. For minor leg injuries, the commonly used RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) protocol may be all that is needed. Continued pain after a few days suggests a follow-up with a doctor. More significant injuries will need additional evaluation and treatment.
The University of Kansas Hospital is the region's premier academic medical center, providing a full range of care. The hospital is affiliated with the University of Kansas Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions, and their various leading edge research projects. The constantly growing facility contains 665 staffed beds (plus 24 bassinets) and serves more than 28,000 inpatients annually. A total of ten of its specialty areas are ranked nationally by the U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospital" lists, including Cancer (#37), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#24), Diabetes & Endocrinology (#38), Ear, Nose & Throat (#20), Gastroenterology (#20), Geriatrics (#17), Nephrology (#15), Neurology & Neurosurgery (#22), Pulmonology (#15) and Urology (#45). The cancer program is part of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute designated program. The hospital has received Magnet nursing designation, reflecting the quality of care throughout the hospital, an honor awarded to only 6.6 percent of the hospitals nationwide. The hospital also houses the region's only burn center, the area's only nationally accredited Level I Trauma Center and the area's only Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center recognized by the Joint Commission. For more information, visit www.kumed.com.
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