Research shows that women are more prone than men to certain sports injuries including ankle sprains, knee injuries such as ACL tears, and stress fractures. A variety of factors may be at play, including differences in hormone levels and body mechanics. Studies also find that women jump and move differently than men, which may contribute to increased injury risk.
Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (REDS)
When the food and nutrients you consume are not sufficient to support your energy needs, you are underfueled. Training in an underfueled state for a prolonged time can lead to REDS. Formerly known as the female athlete triad, REDS is now recognized as a syndrome that affects health and performance. Metabolism, reproductive function, musculoskeletal health, immunity, cardiovascular health, and more can all be negatively affected by REDS. These health issues can increase the risk of injury, decrease sports performance, and negatively affect your well-being.