It has been reported that among high school athletes, 18.2% met criteria for disordered eating, 23.5% met criteria for menstrual irregularity and 21.8% met criteria for low bone mass. (Nicholls, et al. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006; 160:137-142). The physical and emotional anguish associated with the Triad are beyond measure.
Over a decade ago the New York State Public High School Athletic Association developed the Female Athlete Triad Awareness and Prevention Program. This program, the first of it’s kind in the nation, consisted of a training manual, posters, educational videos, and a full day training for school districts.
We know more now about the causes, prevention and treatment of the components of the Triad therefore it is time to revise the program in a thoroughly new and innovative way. Working closely with the Advisory Council members, we will produce short films, DVDs, resources and curricular materials to empower more coaches, trainers and athletes. The name of the project is the Think.Eat.Play. program to empower female athletes.
Working alongside the leading researchers in the field of eating disorders, body image, triad prevention, nutrition, public health, as well as with leading coaches and athletes, we will develop a robust program to train athletic coaches to carry out this program, which will include:
- Evidence-based research and strategy
- Inter-active educational materials (apps and other digital media)
- Content for coaches and trainers
- Content for athletes
- Content for families
- Mindfulness and meditation exercises
- Yoga training for athletes
- Lessons to increase body image
Nutrition Resources from American Dietetic Association:
- Exercise Hydration
- Reversing Iron Depletion
- Eating on the Road
- Alcohol and Performance
- Female Athlete Triad
- Eating for Recovery
- Bone Health for Women
- Sports Nutrition Tips