There has never been a better time for young up and coming teen female athletes to take part in track and field competitions than in this era. With many pushing themselves to reach the top, they injure themselves sometimes unknowingly as they strive for the top. Lack of a proper diet and wrong training routines are the main causes of these injuries.
The following are the common injuries many young female athletes face.
Female Athlete Triad
This is an injury that is caused by lack of proper diet for the young female athlete. It is characterized by the following:
- The athlete over exercises
- Athlete has irregular menstrual cycle
- The athlete obsesses on what they eat and how they eat
- They might have an eating disorder such as anorexia and bulimia
- They develop stress fractures
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
This is pain experienced on the kneecaps caused from overtraining or not training correctly. Many young female athletes usually feel it on the front of their knees when training, especially when they bend their knees. More signs are popping or cracking of the knee when they bend, pain when going up stairs and pain when getting up after sitting for long. Go for an x-ray or a physical to determine the injury.
This is the most common injury in young female track and field athletes. Female athletes are prone to getting lateral ankle sprains which is the tearing of the ligaments in the ankle. It is often characterised by swelling and a lot of pain. See a doctor immediately to determine how bad it is.
These are just a few of the injuries that young female athletes can get. To avoid them, many athletes and their coaches are usually advised to undertake injury prevention programs which help the athlete strengthen and develop muscles.
What a young female athlete eats is also important. Adding to their balanced diet, they might need to have added supplements such as iron and calcium to improve their performances.