Thursday, May 17, 2012

Researchers Exam Trait in Some Female Athletes

Doctors coined the term female athlete triad 20 years ago to describe athletes who had decreased bone mineral density (osteoporosis), disordered eating and irregular menstrual cycles.
But athletes like Hana Kahn, 20, a former field hockey player at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, are putting a new face on the condition.
Kahn, who now plays field hockey for Middlebury College in Vermont, has had three stress fractures in the past four years — two in her feet, one in her back. For awhile, she had irregular menstrual cycles and low estrogen levels. But birth control pills were able to regulate both.
But she's never been obsessed with her calorie-intake, she said. "I never paid attention to what I was eating. I was kind of along the lines of eating when I was hungry."
Dr. Heidi Prather, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Washington University, notes how years ago most of the girls and women who were diagnosed with female athlete triad were visibly underweight and had eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia.

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By: Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian

Thursday, May 3, 2012

New Washington University study will focus on athletes & concussions

St. Louis (KSDK) - Several studies are already looking at links between head injuries and depression in retired NFL athletes. Now, new research at Washington University in St. Louis will attempt to study the impact of concussions over time.

Experts want to be clear, the transition to life after football is already complicated for athletes.

But they want to know how much of it might actually be in their heads.
Junior Seau was a friend, his contemporary in the league, so when former Ram, Aeneas Williams heard about his apparent suicide, he was stunned.

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