RICHMOND, Va. – Spider Performance & Development hosted a Women’s Health Symposium for University of Richmond female student-athletes on Friday, September 22, inviting Dr. Anna Bauer, MD, FACOG of Commonwealth OBGYN at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital to speak in Spider Hall.
As part of this year’s program, SPD focuses on the importance of whole-body Women’s Health education for female student-athletes. The discussion of Dr. Bauer helps open a dialogue about what’s going on with their bodies and how it affects not only their daily lives, but their mental health and performance on the field or court.
“One of my greatest passions is educating my patients so they can make informed decisions that are right for them, not just what others tell them to do,” said Dr. Bauer. “I think it is very important for us to understand ourselves, to know what is normal or not normal, what risks can be in certain situations, and what options are there to help the any issues that come up.”
“I hope the students feel empowered to advocate for themselves based on what they’ve learned,” continued Dr. Bauer.
“We feel it’s important to have a female doctor that our female student-athletes feel comfortable discussing their personal health with,” said Sara Spencer, MS, LAT, ATC, one of the UR athletic trainers.
Dr. got Bauer earned his doctorate at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, followed by a residency and internship in obstetrics and gynecology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Before medical school, Dr. Bauer earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biological Sciences, graduating with honors from the College of Charleston.
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