Ladies what lift, this post is for you.
How many of you have heard of the Female Athlete Triad?
Despite it’s name it has nothing to do with any criminal organisations, well, not to my knowledge anyway, but I might be wrong.
What is is specifically?
The Female Athlete Triad is a syndrome of three interrelated conditions, the severity can vary depending on the level of said female athlete.
What does the Triad consist of exactly?
- Energy Deficiency with or without Disordered Eating
- Menstrual Disturbances/Amenorrhea
- Bone Loss/Osteoporosis
Now this is normally more common in ladies who compete at a higher level, however, with the sudden popularity of ladies who want to compete in physique shows etc I have been seeing signs of this more and more. Keep in mind that I am not discouraging anyone from competing, I think it’s great that people have goals and aspirations however I have seen some people go to extremes and end up in a spot of bother. This post is purely to keep you informed.
You are free to choose what you do, just stay safe.
When you start prepping for a show it’s common to be in an energy/caloric deficit to shift some unwanted body fat. This is normal so long as you keep an eye on what you’re doing and don’t fall victim to the mental illness that can come with it. Often, this can involve a conscious restriction of food intake, problems with body image and a high drive for thinness. Sometimes, these conditions can lead to sever disordered eating such as eating anorexia or bulimia.
This is the usually the first problem/first apr of the problem. What some people forget is that being in a deficit for a long period of time and not monitoring your nutrient partitioning correctly can lead to Menstrual Disturbances/Amenorrhea. This is the most serious menstrual problem associated with the Triad, it is defined as no menstrual period for 3 months or more, typically as a result of excessively low fats, too much volume and lack of recovery. This can be very hard to come back from if it get’s too severe.
The last part of the Triad is linked with a higher risk for low bone mass leading to weakened bones, basically osteoporosis in its severe form. This type of bone loss can cause an increased risk of fractures, including stress fractures and ones created by the very sport they love.
It has to be said that this isn’t a new thing and I am sure lots of people are aware of it. Just make sure you’re clued up before you pic a show or sport and start going all out for it.