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A Crucial Period
Good Pain, Bad Pain
On Your Knees
Secondary Injuries
Imaging Technology
What's Sciatica?
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
Exercise Abuse
Pelvis Sighting
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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
Avoiding Osteoporosis
Drug Testing
Maximum Heart Rate
Headway Against Headaches
Torn Rotator Cuff
Fat Figures
Bloody Urine
Sag Story
Lackluster Leg
Bothersome Bulge
Gaining in Years
Taking It On the Shin
Aching Ankles
Hoop Help
Tender Toes
Meals For Muscle
Growing Pains
Hot Tips
High Altitude PMS
Personal Bests
Air Pollution
Ankle Blues
Heartbreak Heel
Yeast Relief

The Female Athlete

A special article for people who coach, train, and treat athletic women.

Do you understand the unique concerns of women who exercise? What would your female clients say? Your awareness may well determine your future with the growing market of female athletes.

Since the early 1970s, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of women exercising and seeking advice about proper training techniques.

Although many of your clients are women, how much do you really know about women's unique physiology, exercise and health concerns? Do you address these concerns with your women clients verbally and in your training formats? Are you able to answer women's questions - or, even better, anticipate them?

The more you know about and understand your female clients, the better equipped you will be to provide them with a satisfying exercise experience - and to ensure their long-term participation in your classes, sessions or programs.

Since women are different from men, knowing their specific needs and injury potential and being alert to early warning signs of problems will empower you to be their advocate and resource.

An End to the Myths

In the past, most of the attention and research on exercise has focused on the needs of active men. However, the differences between men and women mean that information relevant to male athletes may not always apply to females.

In some cases, women have been told that exercise is harmful to them. They have traditionally been discouraged from participating in exercise to the same degree as men.

For example, women were not "allowed" to run a marathon in Olympic competition until 1984 because of unfounded and unresearched concerns that they would collapse while running long-distance. The picture, of course, is changing. Today, whole areas of activity, especially dance and aerobics, are dominated by women.

Let's dispel some myths surrounding women and exercise.

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Foreword: Billie Jean King

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