Posted by: Amanda Jacobson-Kelly, MD, MSc on Feb 26, 2024

Iron deficiency is a common problem; athletes need more iron than non-athletes and when they don’t get it, performance can decline. Some parents are using ferritin testing to make sure their young athletes are on the right track.

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