Sports Medicine: Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Exercise without proper nutrition can lead to a syndrome called relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S). Athletes at greatest risk of RED-S are those who restrict intake, exercise for extended periods, and limit the types of foods that they will eat. Early detection of athletes at risk of RED-S is essential to prevent long-term consequences; however, validated screening tools for RED-S are limited. Often, athletes will present with a consequence of RED-S, such as a bone stress injury, amenorrhea, or performance impairments. Initial management for RED-S should be focused on increasing energy availability either by increasing caloric intake or decreasing energy expenditure during exercise. Prevention of RED-S should be a priority for coaches, parents, physicians, and sport organizations, but knowledge on this condition often is limited.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Johnston, K

Published Date

  • July 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 518 /

Start / End Page

  • 18 - 22

PubMed ID

  • 35830324

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2159-3000


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States