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Female athlete triad is a condition involving three factors: energy availability, bone mineral density, and the menstrual cycle. An imbalance in any of these areas can lead to eating problems, low bone density, and menstrual cycle changes. Development of the female athlete triad increases the risk for bone stress injuries. As many as 16% of high school, college, and elite female athletes in the United States have all three components of the triad. Around 60% have at least one.

Physical therapists help athletes prevent or resolve female athlete triad. They screen for triad risk, identify the signs, and educate patients on proper health and fitness. They also provide treatment after a related injury. They can initiate treatment and work with or refer you to other health care providers as needed.

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