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Nutritional Considerations for Female Athletes

Escalante, Guillermo DSc, MBA, ATC, CSCS

Strength and Conditioning Journal: April 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 2 - p 57–63
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000203
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ABSTRACT THIS ARTICLE PROVIDES AN OVERVIEW OF CURRENT LITERATURE RELATED TO NUTRITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE FEMALE ATHLETE. THE PREVALENCE OF THE FEMALE ATHLETE TRIAD, EATING DISORDERS, AND BODY IMAGE ISSUES AMONG FEMALE ATHLETES WILL BE REVIEWED. FURTHERMORE, DETRIMENTS IN HEALTH AND/OR SPORTS PERFORMANCE FROM LACK OF PROPER NUTRITION WILL BE DISCUSSED. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR APPROPRIATE NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES TO SAFELY DECREASE BODY FAT, INCREASE MUSCLE MASS, AND IMPROVE OVERALL SPORTS PERFORMANCE WILL BE ADDRESSED. CONSIDERATIONS WHEN PROVIDING BODY COMPOSITION ADVICE FOR THE FEMALE ATHLETE ARE REVIEWED.

Department of Kinesiology, California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author reports no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Guillermo Escalanteis an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at California State University San Bernardino.

© 2016 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association