What Is Penn Center for the Female Athlete?
The Penn Center for the Female Athlete is uniquely focused on treating active women of all ages and abilities, from professional athletes, gymnasts, crossfitters and dancers to weekend walkers.
As the only multidisciplinary program of its kind in the region, the Penn Center for the Female Athlete is comprised of a network of sports medicine doctors, orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists and other specialized clinicians in the Philadelphia area. Many of our physicians have dedicated their medical careers to understanding female-specific factors in sports medicine and to treat physically active women suffering from musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.
Why Is There a Sports Medicine Center for Women?
Women benefit the most when their physical, nutritional, hormonal and psychological needs are fully incorporated into their treatment plans.
Female athletes are at an increased risk for certain specific sports-related injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
, patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner’s knee
) and shoulder instability − than their active male peers. There is also an important link between nutrition, reproductive and bone health, known as the Female Athlete Triad. This triad of combined conditions makes women more susceptible to specific bone injuries − such as stress fractures − than their active male peers.
Who Provides Treatment at Penn Center for the Female Athlete?
The Penn Center for the Female Athlete is led by two female physiatrists, co-directors Ellen K. Casey, MD, and Kate E. Temme, MD, who were both driven to hone their clinical expertise in the field of sports medicine for women through their own personal journeys as athletes. Drs. Casey and Temme are at the forefront of female-specific sports medicine care, through research on the Female Athlete Triad and participating in other studies related to the musculoskeletal health of women through their respective careers.
All of the Penn Center for the Female Athlete clinicians are specialized and passionate about keeping women active across their lifespan, sharing a common goal of helping patients so they can continue doing the physical activities they love.
When should you visit the Penn Center for the Female Athlete?