Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Preventing female athlete triad

Female athletes face an enormous amount of pressure to not only out-perform other athletes, but also to be thin, roll with the guys, achieve academic or professional success and manage family commitments. We're stretched to our limits, much more so than most people realize.

While physical activity is great for the body, female athletes are susceptible to a unique condition that affects their overall health and wellness, the female athlete triad, a syndrome that is essentially a combination of 3 conditions: amennorhea, disordered eating and osteoporosis.

Prevention is key for female athletes. Why? The main trigger for the triad is nutrition. The harder the body trains, the more nutrients it needs. The more calorie starved the diet, the more the body steals from its bones. The abnormally low body fat percentage of female athletes alters how the body processes hormones.

Read the full article: Recognizing the warning signs of female athlete triad