It is important for men and women of all ages to live a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise. While sports can be a part of healthy living, participation in sports can lead to intense competition and pressure to be the best. Some degree of pressure may be healthy - giving motivation to practice, train, and develop good habits. However, sometimes the pressure can be to much, and can lead to negative behaviours such as poor eating habits or exercising and training in unhealthy ways. These habits can negatively affect long-term health in many ways, including the bone health. As young females are at a higher risk, it is important that teen girls, their parents, guardians, caregivers, and coaches are aware of what is referred to as the female athlete triad.
*If you think you or your child may be affected by the female athlete triad (or any part of it), please contact your family doctor or one of our surgeons to discuss.