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Female Athlete Triad Syndrome a Growing Concern

(From the March 2014 Issue of MedStat)

Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine clinics are beginning to ask adolescent female patients if they’ve missed any periods because of a growing concern of triad syndrome. Anastasia Fischer, MD, a physician in Sports Medicine, says that female athlete triad syndrome is more prevalent than previously realized. The female athlete triad has three interrelated components: disordered eating low energy availability, dysmenorrhea and low bone mineral density. Dr. Fischer suggests this might not just be an athlete problem, but an adolescent American problem. New research shows that early hormonal detection could help these adolescent females even before they start missing periods. Dr. Fischer is currently researching how school physicals, required to play school sports in the state of Ohio, could help address this problem early on.

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