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Women's sports medicine

Sports medicine designed for female athletes

TRIA’s Women’s Sports Medicine Program is the first of its kind in the Twin Cities. We bring together experts who specialize in treating and training female athletes of all activity levels and phases of life. Whether you're a student athlete, you’re planning to start a family or you’re exercising in your golden years, we’re here to provide innovative care that’s tailored to you.

Female athletes can face unique challenges due to factors like age-related hormone fluctuations and narrower spaces between joints, which can lead to a higher likelihood of certain injuries. Our Women’s Sports Medicine specialists are dedicated to providing real, personalized medical care and athletic training to help you reach your goals.

Our Women’s Sports Medicine services

Our doctors and physical therapists are experts in helping you stay at peak performance and manage any injuries. Our specialized program offers a variety of services customized to your unique needs and athletic goals, including:

We’ve created many sports medicine programs to help you get back to any activity you love. Additional programs we offer include our Running Program, Patellofemoral Program, Sport Concussion Program and TRIA L.E.A.P. ® (Lower Extremity Agility Program). If you have questions or want more information about our Women’s Sports Medicine services, email us at WSM@tria.com.

Recovering from an injury

Most sports injuries aren’t related to gender, but there are some conditions that women can be more likely to encounter. For example, changing levels of estrogen can affect your bone health, and fluctuations in hormones throughout life, especially during childbearing years, can contribute to certain injuries.

Our specialists understand these medical intricacies and are experts in treating a variety of conditions, including:

  • ACL tears
  • Kneecap pain and instability (also called patellofemoral pain)
  • Stress fractures (maintaining bone health)
  • Concerns related to the female athlete triad
  • Joint pain due to joint hypermobility (also called joint laxity)

One team of experts for all your needs

Our team includes sports medicine doctors, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers and registered dietitians. All have extensive experience caring for active women and those with conditions relating to joints, muscles and bones.

We take a holistic approach to health and athletic performance. That’s why you can see a bone health specialist and a sports-trained registered dietitian at one convenient location. And as part of our care, a navigator will walk you through your entire visit. The navigator will help ensure that you understand your condition and the treatment plan tailored to your goals.

"Very happy I had my ACL fixed so I could return to playing soccer, running, and lifting. Now, as a pregnant woman, I am very happy my knee is stable and supporting both myself and future child."

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Any woman who participates in sports and needs help managing an injury or is interested in maintaining their level of play and performance long term. Our team is experienced in helping athletes of all ages and activity levels with their personalized goals to stay active in sports.

Our specialists are experts at guiding women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or postpartum on safe ways to stay active while prioritizing your – and baby’s – health.

In line with guidance from your OB-GYN doctor, your care team at TRIA will make a recommendation based on your unique health, history and activity level. Exercise is usually recommended for woman at each of these stages, and we can help you come up with a personalized exercise or training plan.

We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, PreferredOne and many others.

You can check with your insurance to see if your plan covers part or all of the services needed. Call the number on the back of your card for help looking at your options.

Don’t have your card in front of you? Here are member services numbers to help you get started: