Parents should contact their family doctor immediately if they think their child has Athletic Energy Deficit (AED). The doctor may refer them to a nutritionist or other specialist in behavioral therapy. In some cases, successful treatment may only require a relatively modest reduction in exercise, improved nutrition and a small increase in body weight.
Coaches who are aware of possible AED symptoms — insufficient caloric intake, low weight, menstrual irregularity, stress fractures — should not hesitate to contact their athlete’s parents and tell them about AED and its health risks.
There are many health benefits associated with regular exercise or athletic competition, as long as athletes fuel their bodies with proper nutrition and rest to stay healthy and strong.
Posted: 9/29/2016; Revised: 02/19/20.
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