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Center of Excellence for the Female Athlete

Female Athletes Differ from Male Athletes

That’s Why We Treat You Differently.

Girls’ participation in high school sports has grown from less than 300,000 in the early 1970s to almost 3.5 million during the 2018-19 school year. In fact, female adolescents now make up almost 43% of high school athletes, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Due to their unique anatomic and psychologic differences, female athletes are at an increased risk of sustaining ACL tears and overuse injuries compared to their male counterparts. The athletes are most susceptible during periods of rapid growth and with proper or timely interventions, many injuries can frequently be prevented.

The Center of Excellence for the Female Athlete 

Our keen focus is on the specialized needs and injuries of female athletes, including their unique medical conditions AND psychological pressures. With three female pediatric orthopedic surgeons and a nationally-certified orthopedic physician assistant, we provide a safe space for female athletes to discuss their injuries with a team of pediatric orthopedic experts.

Dr. Samara Friedman

Dr. Anna Katsman

Dr. Sarah Stelma

Jaime Morley, MS, PA-C

Our highly-credentialed physicians treat child and adolescent female athletes for the following injuries and orthopedic conditions:

• Knee injuries, including ACL tears, meniscus tears, and knee cap dislocations

• Shoulder and elbow injuries, including sprains, tears, dislocation, and instability

• Hip injuries, including hip dysplasia, sprains, strains, impingement, and labral tears

• Foot and ankle injuries, including ankle sprains

• Scoliosis and other spine deformities

• Fractures, ligament and muscle/tendon injuries

• Overuse and growth plate injuries, including osteochondritis dissecans

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