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An article in this month’s issue of Connecticut Medicine finds that despite differences from the men’s game, women basketball players suffer similar injuries at similar rates at both the high school and college levels. ACL injuries are the exception – women are two to four times more likely to suffer these tears most commonly resulting on landing after a jump. Ankle sprains are the most common injury; others include “jumper’s knee”, shoulder dislocation, concussion, asthma, stress fractures, broken noses, finger and corneal injuries. The article covers each injury including treatment and prevention. The two authors are from UConn’s sports medicine program and a trainer for the UConn women’s team. (T. Trojian and R. Ragle, CT Medicine, 72(3):147-150, March 2008)
Ellen Andrews