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POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME: Challenges for Practitioners and Clients

Buckworth, Janet Ph.D., FACSM; Hsu, Ya-Ting M.A.

ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal: May/June 2010 - Volume 14 - Issue 3 - pp 15-20
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3181daa6c5

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • The reader will be able to describe the signs and symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and the short- and long-term health effects of this disorder. In addition, the reader will recognize the psychological and physiological features of PCOS that should be considered in designing a fitness program for women with PCOS.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is the most common endocrine disorder of reproductive aged women, and weight management is one of the most effective treatments to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. This feature describes signs and symptoms of PCOS and provides diet and exercise recommendations to foster weight loss and management.

Janet Buckworth, Ph.D., FACSM, is an associate professor of Health and Exercise Science at The Ohio State University where she teaches and conducts research on exercise adherence and the psychobiology of exercise and mental health.

Ya-Ting Hsu, M.A., is a doctoral student of Health and Exercise Science at The Ohio State University. She is working on her dissertation research for promoting exercise and weight loss in women diagnosed with PCOS.

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