The Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Rush provides a comprehensive approach to evaluating and treating recreational and competitive female athletes. The approach is not limited to athletes, but is dedicated to all females at any level of activity. We believe that an active lifestyle is essential for achieving and maintaining optimal health. Through this ideal, we provide services to help women at all levels to achieve optimal health and exercise performance.
The goal of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program is to prevent injuries, optimize performance, and in the event of illness or injury, provide state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation to return the individual to full function. Midwest Orthopaedics’ staff of sports medicine physicians is fellowship trained.
Female participation in competitive sports has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. With the increasing number of female athletes, there has been a commensurate increase in the number of injuries. Women athletes are experiencing not only an increase in the frequency of injuries, but in the type and severity of the injuries as well. Today, it is not uncommon for the women athlete to experience stress fractures, non-contact ACL damage, and overuse injuries as well.
Although a traditional orthopaedic practice is certainly capable of treating these injuries, only a Women’s Sports Medicine Program can truly understand the unique needs of the female athlete.
Dr. Weber, the Director of Women’s Sports Medicine, is board certified in both sports medicine and internal medicine. She has been involved in athletics as a team physician, an exercise physiologist, and an avid athlete. Her expertise in women’s musculoskeletal issues adds to our ability to meet the growing needs of the active female.
Dr. Weber, Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Rush, received her M.D. from Rush Medical College in 1996 and subsequently completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center. After completing her residency, Dr. Weber was asked to remain at Rush for an additional year to assume the prestigious position of Chief Resident of Internal Medicine, and she then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego. In addition to holding a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and being the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in patient care and teaching, Dr. Weber has contributed several chapters to a recently published sports medicine book, and is involved in numerous women-related research projects. Dr. Weber is a former college athlete, and her special interest in women’s sports issues is enhanced by her current activity in a variety of sports.