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THE FEMALE ATHLETE TRIAD: Key Points for Health and Fitness Specialists

Robert-McComb, Jacalyn J. Ph.D., FACSM; Loucks, Anne B. Ph.D., FACSM

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: May/June 2014 - Volume 18 - Issue 3 - p 12–17
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000033

Learning Objectives After reading this article, you should have an understanding of:

  • the term “Female Athlete Triad” (Triad),
  • the prevalence of disorders in the Triad,
  • the origins and mechanisms of Triad disorders, and
  • the role of health and exercise professionals in preventing the Triad.

Jacalyn J. Robert-McComb, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor in Exercise Physiology at Texas Tech University where her research focus is on augmenting the physiological stress response using cognitive-behavioral exercise protocols and biofeedback

Anne B. Loucks, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor in Biological Sciences at Ohio University where her research focus is on effects of diet and exercise on reproductive and skeletal health.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

© 2014 American College of Sports Medicine.