NIH News Advisory
National Institute of Arthritis
and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Monday, June 28, 1999

Note To Editors

Connie Raab or Janet Howard
(301) 496-8190

Capitol Hill Briefing on "Women's Health in Sports and Exercise"

You are invited to a Capitol Hill briefing on

"Women's Health in Sports and Exercise"

Tuesday, June 29, 1999
10:30 a.m. - noon
2358 Rayburn House Office Building*

Along with the tremendous growth in women's participation in sports and other fitness activities (particularly since the passage of Title IX in 1972) has come an increase in female sports injuries. This briefing for Congressional staff and the media will raise awareness of the need for greater attention to women's health in sports and exercise, and shed light on future directions for research and sports injury prevention. The timing of the briefing coincides with the 1999 Women's World Cup Soccer events in Washington, DC, and with the first month of the 1999 season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). It also follows a scientific workshop in mid-June cosponsored by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), with participation by the Women's Sports Foundation. The briefing will include highlights of this workshop and lay out future directions for related research efforts.

The briefing is organized by the AAOS and the NIAMS. Cosponsors are the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health, the Office on Women's Health of the Department of Health and Human Services, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and the Arthritis Foundation.

An agenda is attached. Preregistration is encouraged, as space may be limited. To RSVP call (301) 907-8900 x 439.

*The Rayburn Building is on South Capitol St. between Independence Ave. and C St., SW. Nearest Metro stops are on the Blue and Orange lines at Capitol Hill South and Federal Center SW.

Attachment: Agenda