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On Your Knees
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The Female Athlete
Putting Your Feet First
Itis Schmitis
Too Much, Too Soon
Under the Influence
What's Goin' On?
Think Inches, Not Pounds
Preventing Vaginitis
That Painful Pull
Athlete's Heart
Exercise & Arthritis
Chilled to the Bone
Measuring Body Fat
Exercise and Your Breasts
Choosing a Sports Doctor
Lean on Me (Shoulder)
Exercise & Anemia
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It's All in the Wrist
Back in Action
Altitude Adjustment
Tennis Elbow, Anyone?
Exercising in the Heat
Agony of the Feet
Restless Legs
Night Time Cramps
Birth Control Concerns
No Periods, No Babies?
Post Partum Prescription
Weight Loss Mystery
Undesirable Cooldown
To Brew Or Not To Brew
Fitness After Baby
Biking and Back Pain
Swimmer's Shoulder
A Hidden Athlete
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Drug Testing
Maximum Heart Rate
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Torn Rotator Cuff
Fat Figures
Bloody Urine
Sag Story
Lackluster Leg
Bothersome Bulge
Gaining in Years
Taking It On the Shin
Aching Ankles
Tender Toes
Meals For Muscle
Growing Pains
Hot Tips
High Altitude PMS
Personal Bests
Air Pollution
Ankle Blues
Heartbreak Heel
Yeast Relief

Exercise and Your Breasts


See a physician immediately if there is any question of needing stitches (sutures should be in place within 12 hours). If you have a deep wound, you may need to have the blood removed by aspiration, and your physician may prescribe antibiotics to prevent abcess formation.

This type of injury is very painful. You may need analgesics and supportive dressings or bras for several days. To decrease the pain and swelling from a bruise, use ice packs tucked in a supportive bra for 10 to 15 minutes every few hours over the next few days. You might also find it more comfortable to sleep wearing a support bra or compressive wrap.

Don't return to action until you are almost pain free and there is no sign of infection. If you have had stitches, wait until they are removed before you resume exercise. Excessive motion of the breast will delay healing and lead to larger scar formation.

Contrary to some beliefs in both the medical and lay community there is no relationship between injuries and breast cancer. In fact, retrospective surveys have found that collegiate women athletes have a lower incidence of breast cancer and cancers of the reproductive system regardless of injury than non-athletic women.

For your own peace of mind, every woman should know how to do breast self-examination and perform it regularly just after her period ends.

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About the authors: Carol L. Otis, M.D., is Chief Medical Advisor to the Sanex WTA and UCLA student health physician. Roger Goldingay is a former professional soccer player. They are married and the co-authors of The Athletic Woman's Survival Guide.

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