The Female Athlete Triad

The Female Athlete Triad

The female athlete triad is a primary medical concern for women that participate in sports. It is a syndrome of interrelated disorders associated with sports training:
1) Disordered eating
2) Amenorrhoea
3) Osteoporosis

The underlying pathology is usually due to pressure to achieve an unrealistic body weight. Some components of the triad may be undetected (eg the secretive nature of disordered eating; the assumption that amenorrhoea is ‘normal’ in highly trained athletes).

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