Menstruation ups knee injury risks, contraceptive pill protects

April 28th, 2011 - 2:57 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Apr 28 (ANI): A new research has found that women’s menstrual cycles can increase their risk of injuries, but those who take contraceptive pills are more likely to be protected from the same.

It found that a woman’s risk of injuring her knees, feet and ankles is significantly heightened at the beginning and middle of her period.

Podiatrist Simon Bartold from the University of Melbourne has said lower oestrogen levels at the beginning of women’s menstrual cycles reduced their muscle tone and coordination, reports the Courier Mail.

On day 14 of the cycle, oestrogen levels are at their peak and this increases the elasticity of the Achilles tendon and the risk of injury.

The university conducted two studies, involving 78 women, over three years.

The researchers, however, found that women who take contraceptive pills had less injury rates because the pill reduces the level of circulating oestrogen.

Bartold has said this research could prove useful for female athletes and coaches.

The findings were recently published in medical journals. (ANI)

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