Unique Considerations for Foot and Ankle Injuries in the Female Athlete

Lara Atwater, Rebecca Cerrato

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Ankle sprains are extremely common in female athletes, and prevention programs should focus on functional neuromuscular control to improve joint position sense, kinaesthesia, and joint force sense. The lower leg, foot, and ankle make up approximately 40% of dance injuries, and the lifetime incidence of injury is 90% in the dancer. The Female Athlete Triad consists of low energy availability, menstrual dysfunction, and low bone mineral density. It places the female athlete at an increased risk of stress fractures in the foot and ankle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBaxter’s The Foot And Ankle In Sport
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780323549424
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Ankle sprain
  • Ballet
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Female Athlete Triad
  • Fifth metatarsal fracture
  • Gymnastics
  • Posterior ankle impingement
  • Stress fracture
  • Title IX
  • Volleyball

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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