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Health & wellness

Health and Wellness

Gap in treating female athletes

New centers, including at Boston Children’s, seek to understand sports injuries that more commonly plague female athletes

Chloe O’Connell, 20, of Wellfleet, has gotten pretty adept at using crutches over the last nine months, as she’s waited for the stress fractures in both of her heels to repair themselves.

Athletics have always been a crucial part of the runner, biker, swimmer, and avid yogi’s life. Even now, O’Connell manages to swim an hour a day, despite the walking casts she must wear on both feet and the crutches she uses to get around.

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