Women are more likely than men to get injured in sports
If you are a weekend warrior, then you should pay attention to this: Women are at a higher risk of getting injured than men are. And that risk increases as we get older
“Probably the biggest reason why we get injured and don’t heal like we used to is due to errors in the duplication of DNA, which increase with age because of random damage that occurs over time, such as wear and tear and the effects of radiation from free radicals,” says Dr. Christine Walton, an orthopedic surgeon in Toronto.
Also, women have a heightened inflammatory response compared to men, which seems to attenuate after menopause, she says. How long healing takes depends on the extent of the damage and the structures that have been affected. Genetics, age-related markers and medications can influence the healing process.
As people age, they may be more susceptible to certain types of injuries, such as hip fractures, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, sprained ankles, plantar fasciitis and, particularly for women who have given birth, sacroiliitis pain (where the pelvis attaches to the sacrum).
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