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The Female Athlete Triad in Adolescent Athletes

Elise Withers
Mateja R. Savoie-Roskos, Utah State University
Stacy Bevan, Utah State University
Katie N. Brown, Utah State University


The number of teenage girls participating in sports has dramatically increased in the last few decades (Brown et al., 2017). With increased sports participation, the positive effects of physical activity have become obvious (Thein-Nissenbaum & Hammer, 2017). However, a set of health-related problems specific to female athletes, known as the female athlete triad (triad), has emerged. This fact sheet will cover what the triad is, why the triad occurs, and triad prevention and treatment.