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Early sport specialization and intensive training in adolescent female athletes: Risks and recommendations

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posted on 01.07.2019, 13:32 by Richard BlagroveRichard Blagrove, Georgie Bruinvels, Paul Read
Early sport specialization is often characterized by intensive training and is becoming increasingly common. Adolescent female athletes, who train excessively and adopt poor diets, are at risk of the female athlete triad, overuse injury, mental health issues, and overtraining. The occurrence of one or more of these issues can lead to early retirement from sport and may have serious long-term health consequences. Practitioners working with young females are recommended to adopt a holistic approach to the development of their athletes, including participation in a diverse range of sports, monitoring health status, and ensuring caloric intake meets the demands of the athlete's lifestyle.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Strength and Conditioning Journal

Volume

39

Issue

5

Pages

14 - 23

Citation

BLAGROVE, R.C., BRUINVELS, G. and READ, P., 2017. Early sport specialization and intensive training in adolescent female athletes: Risks and recommendations. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 39 (5), pp.14-23.

Publisher

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins © National Strength and Conditioning Association

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2017-10-01

Notes

This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Strength and Conditioning Journal at https://doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0000000000000315.

ISSN

1524-1602

Language

en