"Women tend to be a little bit more flexible and we don't have the same muscle mass that males do in general, so that predisposes us to some injuries."
A local orthopedic surgeon spoke on gender differences in sports injuries as part of Greenwich Hospital's Women's Health Initiative Lecture on Wednesday.
Katie Vadasdi of Orthopedic and Neurosurgery Specialists in Greenwich is trained in adolescent and adult sports medicine and performs knee, elbow and shoulder surgeries. Vadasi discussed how differences in women's anatomy, physiology and training habits put them more at risk for ACL tears then men.
"We've seen a huge increase in not only the numbers of female participants but also their level of involvement and intensity in sports," said Vadasdi.
"I teach science to young kids and half of my students are girls and I want them to be prepared," said Frank Cronson. "All my students are very active."
She says since men tend to be more involved in high impact sports, they are more prone to fractures and contusions. Vadasdi says some key ways to prevent injuries are to look at the shoes your wearing as well as increasing your Calcium and Vitamin D levels."
"We want flexibility out of the shoe," said Vadasdi. "That's why a running shoe might be less stable but have a little more flexibility to it. Making sure you take a calcium supplement and a different quantity of calcium is necessary at different points in our life. As well as vitamin D."
She also advises to practice strength training.
"Working on strength training and that's at all different ages. That will prevent the fall, and that would prevent the fracture. It also keeps your bones stronger and keeps the level of bone density higher so you're at lower risk of developing osteoporosis or osteopenia."