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What is the Connection Between Female Athletes and Osteoporosis?

Regular exercise is an important part of preventing osteoporosis and improving overall health. However, some sports tend to overemphasize the importance of low body weight and involve excessive training to a degree that can be unhealthy.  These sports include:

What are the risks?

These young female athletes with very low body weights may be at risk for:

Female athletes who are experiencing menstrual abnormalities, eating disorders, or amenorrhea should see a physician for testing and treatment.

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Last Reviewed: Aug 27, 2013

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati

Jane   Korsberg, MS, RD, LD Jane Korsberg, MS, RD, LD
Senior Instructor of Nutrition
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University

Thomas  A deHoop, MD Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated