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  1. Arti says:

    Without sufficient rest between workouts or competitions, an athlete is at risk for developing a stress fracture. In all of these sports, the repetitive stress of the foot striking the ground can cause trauma. Studies have shown that athletes participating in tennis, track and field, gymnastics, and basketball are very susceptible to stress fractures. Many orthopaedic surgeons attribute this to a condition referred to as “the female athlete triad”: eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), amenorrhea (infrequent menstrual cycle), and osteoporosis. Medical studies have shown that female athletes seem to experience more stress fractures than their male counterparts. As a female’s bone mass decreases, her chances of getting a stress fracture increase. Stress fractures affect people of all ages who participate in repetitive sporting activities, like running.

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