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What Can a Parent or Coach Do If They Suspect Athletic Energy Deficit?

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.

Parents and Coaches Beware

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.

Download>> Parents and Coaches Beware: Are Your Girls Coming Up Short?


Posted: 9/29/2016; Revised: 02/19/20. 
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and fracture prevention during COVID-19

  • Remove fall dangers in your home.
  • Stay physically active, and at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Eat for proper nutrition, and take a supplement if needed to get enough calcium and vitamin D.
  • Stick with your osteoporosis medicines and ask your doctor for extra if you’re unable to go to the pharmacy.
  • If you are due for Reclast, there is little concern about delaying for a few weeks or months.
  • If you take Prolia or Evenity injections, don’t miss your appointment.  Some facilities offer “drive-through” injections. Check with your doctor.
  • Bone density testing can be postponed, if necessary.
  • Speak with your doctor about the possibility of telephone and video visits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a page with steps you can take to reduce your risk of catching the virus if you have a chronic illness.

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