Young Athletes

  • Kids and Caffeine

    Kids are in the most critical stage of bone health in their life. Yet they are bombarded with all forms of potentially bone depleting beverages such as tea, coffee, soda,…

  • Optimizing Peak Bone Mass in Children

    Between the ages of 9-14, children will develop more bone then they will ever lose in their lifetime. They need help focusing on their bone health and most importantly, their…

  • Steps to Prevent Athletic Energy Deficit

    Step 1: Know the danger Coaches and parents must realize that persistent Athletic Energy Deficit (AED) can hurt the long term competitive performance of their athletes. Preventable stress fractures make…

  • Is Athletic Energy Deficit an Eating Disorder?

    No. Although eating disorders like anorexia nervosa or bulimia can also be associated with amenorrhea and severe energy deficit, Athletic Energy Deficit (AED) results from sustained energy output (activity) without…

  • Athletic Energy Deficit and Bone Loss

    The years following puberty are a time of rapid bone formation for children. They build 60% to 80% of their skeletal mass by age 18. Puberty is also a time when increasing numbers…

  • Young Athletes and Pars Stress Fracture

    The PARS stress fracture (spondylolysis) usually occurs in the lower back (lumbar spine) and results from repetitive hyperextension (bending backwards) and rotation activities. This fracture is often considered an “overuse…

  • Pre-Sports Evaluation for Athletes

    Participating in sports is a great way for children to learn about cooperation and competition, and to build strong, healthy bodies. However, involvement in sports does have risks. American Bone Health…

  • Athletic Energy Deficit (AED) is a gap in energy. AED results when sustained activity (energy output) is not balanced with a proportional increase in nutrition (energy input). AED often develops…

  • Tips for the Student Athlete

    Getting ready for the school year to start is the most exciting time ever! Two things to do as the school year begins are get organized and develop a routine.…