The adolescent «Female Athlete Triad»

G. Ubertini, D. Colabianchi, C. Bizzarri, S. Ricci, M. Cappa

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The term «Female Athlete Triad» was first used in 1992 by the American College of Sports Medicine to describe a clinical condition affecting female athletes, and characterised by disordered eating, amenorrhea and osteoporosis. The most important etiologic factor seems to be a negative caloric balance related to poor diet and intense exercise. This condition is often not manifest, but an early diagnosis and a subsequent multidisciplinary therapeutic approach involving the general practitioner, sports physician, psychologist and nutritionist is fundamental to avoid severe clinical consequences such as osteoporosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-268
Number of pages7
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2002


  • «Female Athlete Triad»
  • Amenorrhea
  • Athletes
  • Osteoporosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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