Female Athlete Triad: A Serious Health Problem

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Female Athlete Triad is a serious health issue that involves disordered eating, low bone mass, and cessation of the menstrual cycle.
Air Date: 7/23/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Mitchell J. Rauh, PhD, PT
Mitchell RauhMitchell J. Rauh, PT, PhD, MPH, FACSM, is presently a Professor and the Program Director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) at San Diego State University. He teaches the courses in Evidence-based Practice I and Interventions in Musculoskeletal (Orthopedic) Therapeutics in the DPT program. Prior to SDSU, he taught courses in Research Methods I and III to physical therapists completing their PhD degrees. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University.

He is Co-Principal Investigator of Project SPIRIT (Sports Injury Research In Teens), a multi-funded grant study that has monitored sport and running injuries and the female athlete triad syndrome and its impact on injury and long-term bone health among girls' high school sports.

Dr. Rauh is also a research scientist consultant at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego where he has received funding from the Department of Defense to examine risk factors for stress fracture and other overuse injuries in female recruits. He has authored/co-authored 150 original peer-reviewed scientific papers and abstracts. Dr. Rauh is also an active clinical practitioner in the San Diego area. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and has an appointment on ACSM's Strategic Health Initiative Committee for Women's Sport, Health and Physical Activity. Dr. Rauh is a member of the Sports Physical Therapy (SPTS) and Research sections of the American Physical Therapy Association. He has also served as the chairperson for the SPTS Female Athlete Special Interest Group. He has presented in symposiums and platform sessions at APTA, ACSM, NATA and SWACSM professional meetings on high school running and sports injury epidemiology and issues related running injuries and the female athlete triad syndrome. Dr. Rauh received the SPTS's Excellence in Research award in 2010 and 2013, and the Excellence in Education award in 2011.
Female Athlete Triad: A Serious Health Problem
Female Athlete Triad is a serious health problem that involves disordered eating, low bone mass, and amenorrhea (cessation of the menstrual cycle) in female athletes.

The condition is most common in sports that emphasize leanness, such as cross country running, gymnastics, and figure skating.

In the past 25 years, much has been learned about symptoms, risk factors, causes, and treatment strategies for Female Athlete Triad. Special guest, Dr. Mitchell J. Rauh, has been extensively involved in investigating the concerns of this debilitating condition, which can lead to serious future health problems.

Dr. Rauh shares some important information for you to consider if you, your daughter, or another female you know is heavily involved in athletics.