The Female Athlete Triad

John Furia, MD


Medscape General Medicine. 1999;1(1) 

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The number of women participating in athletics is expected to continue to increase. It is unlikely that media-induced pressures to stay thin will abate. As a result, the Female Athlete Triad will not be self-limiting.

Public awareness and education is sorely needed. Prompt diagnosis can lead to early treatment and a better prognosis. Didactic sessions, seminars, and public forums must be established so that physicians, coaches, parents, athletes, and trainers learn to recognize and treat the syndrome. Further research is needed to determine the natural history of the Female Athlete Triad and assess current treatment regimes. Better awareness should make this serious disorder more manageable.