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Women's Sports Medicine

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Girls and women enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity, whether they are a select soccer player, yoga practitioner, elite triathlete, or club tennis enthusiast.

When it comes to athletic injury, most injuries are sport-specific. This means that certain injuries are common in a given sport based on the physical demands and movement patterns, regardless of whether you are male or female.

However, some injuries are more common among women, such as:

Certain medical issues are also unique to athletic women, including the Female Athlete Triad, the importance of maintaining hormonal balance and nutritional needs specific to the active woman. You need experts who can guide you in making the right treatment decisions and help you prevent those medical or orthopedic problems in the first place.

That’s where the women's sports medicine program at UC San Diego Health comes in.

We recognize the health and wellness challenges specific to active women and are dedicated to keeping our female athletes on the road, court, and course. Our women's sports medicine physicians have trained with national leaders in the field of women's sports medicine and have founded the first program in San Diego dedicated to treating female athletes of all ages and abilities.

We’re passionate about sport. And passionate about providing the right care to help you, the active and athletic woman.

Caring For Female Athletes

Our team provides:

  • Evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries
  • The latest minimally-invasive surgical techniques
  • Injury prevention strategies
  • Bone health at all ages
  • Nutritional optimization


  • Care from specialists trained in women's sports medicine
  • Referrals to ancillary providers such as bone health specialists, nutritionists, and sport psychologists
  • State-of-the-art imaging at multiple locations throughout San Diego

UC San Diego Health knee expert discusses managing knee pain due to "runners knee," also known as patellofemoral syndrome.

Dr. Catherine Robertson, sports medicine orthopedic surgeon at UC San Diego Health, discusses common hip problems and some treatment options.

​Appointments & Referrals

Women Sports Medicine Team

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