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The Female Athlete Triad: Health Pitfalls for Adolescents

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(photo: NCAA) Sophie* is a 15-year-old cross country runner who has a history of a foot stress fracture and shin splints. She often does not eat prior to her workouts. Recently, she has felt fatigued and weak during her races, saying her legs feel heavy and she sometimes feels dizzy. She has been running every day, averaging 40 to 50 miles a week, and has lost 18 pounds in the past year. At times she feels running has become a compulsion. She previously had normal periods but has not menstruated in 5 months. Her tests showed low bone mineral density and low iron and vitamin D levels. Maintaining a healthy level of activity through sports and exercise is important for girls and women of all ages. But if an athlete becomes overly focused on dieting and exercise it can have a negative effect on sports performance and overall health. "The Female...
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