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How does female athlete triad make broken bones more likely?

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Teen girls with female athlete triad are at risk for early broken bones. In fact, a broken bone may be the sign that first alerts the doctor there is a problem. Up to 30% of ballet dancers suffer from repeated stress fractures, which points to problems getting enough bone minerals and to low body weight.

From: The Female Athlete Triad WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Johnston, C. 1992.  New England Journal of Medicine,

Laughlin, G. 1996.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism,

Warren, M., 2001.  Journal of Endocrinology,

National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Panel on Optimal Calcium Intake, 1994.  Journal of the American Medical Association,

Wyshak, G, 2000.  Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine,

Female Athlete Triad Coalition web site. 

Children's Hospital Boston's Center for Young Women's Heath web site.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on February 26, 2018

SOURCES: 

Johnston, C. 1992.  New England Journal of Medicine,

Laughlin, G. 1996.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism,

Warren, M., 2001.  Journal of Endocrinology,

National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Panel on Optimal Calcium Intake, 1994.  Journal of the American Medical Association,

Wyshak, G, 2000.  Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine,

Female Athlete Triad Coalition web site. 

Children's Hospital Boston's Center for Young Women's Heath web site.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on February 26, 2018

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