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The Female Athlete Triad: Introduction

This video is an example of content taken from the Event Group Coach qualifications, where it is included in the Endurance and Jumps "Long Term Athlete Development" modules. However, it is such an important topic that we have decided to include it here on uCoach as well.

In the first of this two part video series, Carolyn Plateau introduces the concept of the 'Female Athlete Triad' - which explains the interrelationships between energy availability, menstrual function and bone mineral density. The triad is a common issue among female endurance athletes and jumpers, however it can equally apply to all female athletes and an awareness of its presence and prevalence is essential to ensure young athletes can achieve their full potential as seniors.

A lack of energy availability is the key driving factor behind the Triad and something coaches often overlook especially in endurance events. While the training of jumpers, throwers and speed athletes is obviously challenging the energy demand requirements are not as extensive as those seen in endurance events. While many of the themes in this video are specifically aimed at endurance athletes, female jumpers, speed athletes and throwers can also experience issues with the Triad. However, where the Triad does occur in these other event groups it is probably a result of deliberate attempts to manipulate bodyweight by athletes in order to gain a performance advantage and so, while all the information is useful, the key points around managing the training enviroment are perhaps the most relevant to the coaches of non endurance related events.

The video covers:

  • What the female athlete triad is and it's three separate components
  • What constitutes low energy availability
  • Common eating disorders
  • How common the triad is in female athletes.

Other parts in the series:

The Female Athlete Triad: Coaching Interventions

  • Uploaded: 12.06.2012
  • Duration: 00:27:14
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