Dr. Weber recalls the symptoms associated with the female athlete triad.
I think important in any sport, male or female, you always want to look for, you know, their eating patterns. Are they eating healthy? Are they eating, you know, the food quantity that you think they should be for the sport that they are participating in? You got to remember that, you know, energy in, energy out, and if you are participating in a sport, you really have to have a good adequate fuel source.
So things that, you know, what are their eating patterns? Are they excusing themselves right away from dinner and leaving the dinner table where you may be concerned that they may actually be having a bulimia problem where they are actually going into the bathroom and having emesis, or vomiting, after food.
Those are some warning signs--if the individual is not menstruating regularly. Now that could be normal, but it also could be a sign that they are not consuming enough energy, and they are starting to lose their menstrual cycle. Those are some, and then again, obviously if they are having recurrent injuries, especially stress bone-related injuries.
About Dr. Weber, M.D.:
Dr. Kathy Weber, the Director of Primary Care/Sports Medicine and Women's Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, possesses a unique expertise with the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal issues. Dr. Weber received her M.D. from Rush Medical College in 1996 and subsequently completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center. After completing her residency, Dr. Weber was asked to remain at Rush for an additional year to assume the prestigious position of Chief Resident of Internal Medicine. She then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego.