The Female Athlete Triad

A Clinical Guide

  • Catherine M. Gordon
  • Meryl S. LeBoff

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Emily Kroshus, S. Bryn Austin
    Pages 1-12
  3. Katrina Schroeder, Kendrin R. Sonneville
    Pages 13-27
  4. Jennifer L. Carlson
    Pages 29-38
  5. Leigh Gabel, Heather M. Macdonald
    Pages 39-69
  6. Neville H. Golden
    Pages 71-83
  7. Kathryn E. Ackerman, Madhusmita Misra
    Pages 85-109
  8. Alene Toulany, Debra K. Katzman
    Pages 111-129
  9. Keith J. Loud
    Pages 131-140
  10. Richard D. Ginsburg, Lenore Herget
    Pages 141-154
  11. Catherine Logan, Emily Curry, Elizabeth Matzkin
    Pages 155-171
  12. Catherine M. Gordon, Meryl S. LeBoff
    Pages 173-175
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 177-182

About this book


This is the first book of its kind to focus solely on the female athlete triad - its origins, its recognition, and most importantly, its management. Since the symptoms themselves cover a range of medical specialties, chapters are written by experts in a number of relevant fields - sports medicine, orthopedics, endocrinology, and pediatrics - with an eye toward overall care of the young female athlete. Additionally, each chapter includes suggestions on how to educate and communicate with young athletes and their parents, as well as trainers and coaches, on how to manage the illness outside of the direct clinical setting.

The female athlete triad is often seen in sports where low body weight is emphasized, such as gymnastics, figure skating, and running, though it can appear in any sport or activity. The interrelated symptoms - eating disorders, amenorrhea, and low bone mass - exist on a spectrum of severity and are serious and potentially life-threatening if not properly treated. Psychological problems, in addition to medical ones, are not uncommon. The Female Athlete Triad: A Clinical Guide discusses all of these areas for a well-rounded and in-depth approach to the phenomenon and will be a useful reference for any clinician working with female athletes across the lifespan.


Amenorrhea Bone health Eating disorder Female athlete triad Low bone mass Neuroendocrine abnormality Sports nutrition Stress fracture Young female athlete

Editors and affiliations

  • Catherine M. Gordon
    • 1
  • Meryl S. LeBoff
    • 2
  1. 1.Hasbro Children's HospitalProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Brigham and Women's HospitalBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-7524-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-7525-6
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