ERIC Number: EJ885486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
The Female Athlete Triad
Sherman, Roberta Trattner; Thompson, Ron A.
Journal of School Nursing, v20 n4 p197-202 2004
The Female Athlete Triad is a syndrome of the interrelated components of disordered eating, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis. Sometimes inadvertently, but more often by willful dietary restriction, many female athletes do not ingest sufficient calories to adequately fuel their physical or sport activities, which can disrupt menstrual functioning, thereby increasing their risk of bone loss. Although its prevalence is unknown, the Female Athlete Triad is believed to affect many athletes at all ages and all sport competition levels. Even though the Triad affects athletes in all sports, girls and women in sports that emphasize a thin or small body size or shape appear to be most at risk. This article focuses on the risks of the Female Athlete Triad for middle-and high-school-age female athletes as well as the unique issues related to the identification, management, and treatment of the various components of the Triad in this special adolescent subpopulation.
Descriptors: Womens Athletics, Females, Athletes, Physiology, Metabolism, Dietetics, Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, At Risk Persons, Middle School Students, High School Students, Adolescents, School Nurses, Human Body, Eating Disorders
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
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