Working as a sports dietitian, I far too often see athletes (male and female) who find themselves in a state of low energy availability (LEA). Athletes participating in certain sports are at a heightened risk of being in LEA. This may be related to food insecurity and finances, lack of knowledge or ability to transfer knowledge into practice, or dysfunctional eating behaviours with/without body image concerns. We will discuss in more detail what RED-S is, who it impacts, and how we can work to help athletes overcome obstacles contributing to LEA, health and performance impacts of training, and competing in an LEA state.
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