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Pushing your body to the limit is the hallmark of a great athlete. But this drive to succeed can distort and athlete's perception of healthy and productive training. Too often the result is a set of serious health concerns that make up the female athlete triad, consisting of:

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Overview

Pushing your body to the limit is the hallmark of a great athlete. But this drive to succeed can distort and athlete's perception of healthy and productive training. Too often the result is a set of serious health concerns that make up the female athlete triad, consisting of:

  • eating disorders, which include a wide spectrum of behaviors from fasting to anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa;
  • amenorrhea, a disruption of monthly menstrual cycles; and
  • osteoporosis, a loss of bone mass.
If you are a female athlete, if you care about one as a parent or friend, or if you coach and counsel female athletes, The Athletic Woman's Survival Guide is the one resource you need to learn how to manage and prevent the triad. An international authority on this condition, Dr. Carol L. Otis explains how to prevent falling into the triad and strategies for reclaiming a strong and healthy body. She also offers inspiring examples of women who have fallen into the triad trap and how they've fought their way out. Because the triad is preventable, the book provides suggestions for changing the attitudes of those who work with female athletes and active women. Suggestions are included for coaches and parents on providing positive reinforcement about the female's weight, self-esteem, and body image. With the help of The Athletic Woman's Survival Guide , athletes can find out how to get help so they can once again train, compete, and be healthy all at the same time.About the Author

As physician for the UCLA Student Health Services, Carol L. Otis, MD, has worked with many women, seeing firsthand the devastating effects of the triad. She received her medical degree from the University of Southern California and currently serves as the chief medical advisor for Women's Professional Tennis (SANEX WTA Tour). Dr. Otis was also a former assistant team physician for the UCLA varsity athletic teams and adjunct assistant clinical professor in UCLA's Division of Internal Medicine. Dr. Otis has worked with athletes in numerous sports, acting as physician for the Boston Marathon, Ironman World Championship Triathlon, gymnastics teams at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. She's worked to draw awareness to female athlete issues through her position as former chairperson of the Strategic Health Initiative for Women for the American College of Sports Medicine, as well as her work with the USTA Sports Science Committee and ITF Medical Commission. Dr. Otis also maintains an extensive lecturing schedule, has published many research studies and articles on women in sports, and has appeared on the Today Show to discuss female athletes and amenorrhea. She and co-author Roger Goldingay are married and live in Los Angeles, California. The authors can be contacted through their website, www.sportsdoctor.com. Roger Goldingay, a former professional soccer player, is presently a Web designer, writer, and photographer. With his wife, Dr. Carol L. Otis, he co-authored Campus Health Guide (College Board, 1989) as well as monthly columns for Shape and Women's Sport & Fitness. His own writing has appeared in many magazines, including Runner's World, Men's Fitness, and Sports Medicine Digest.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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VOYA
With the passage of Title IX and a growing acceptance of female participation in sports, girls and women increasingly are encouraged to take part in numerous athletic activities on many levels. Along with this increased opportunity, many women experience health-related issues linked to what Otis calls the female athlete triad. This triad comprises eating disorders, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis. Fueled by mixed messages from the media, friends, and family, these issues related to body image and athletic accomplishment can affect both a woman's athletic achievement and her overall health. Using interviews and comments from successful athletes, such as Billie Jean King, Dominique Dawes, and Jenny Thompson, Otis highlights the pervasiveness of these problems. Case studies of women struggling with the triad follow individual athletes from the point of recognition of the problems through various treatment options. Additional resources provided include personalized questionnaires to assess individual nutrition, workout behavior, and body image; graphics illustrating the triad concepts; and a listing of other resources that apply to these issues. This guide would be a helpful resource for any female athlete to make her aware of these potential health risks. Additionally, parents, coaches, and trainers of female athletes would benefit from the information presented here so that they recognize the triad's warning signals and understand how to support and care for women faced with it. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2000, HumanKinetics, 264p, Index, Illus., Photos, Charts, Biblio., Further Reading, Trade pb. Reviewer: Heather Hepler VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
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The Athletic Woman's Survival Guide covers a gamut of issues concerning women athletes including eating disorders, amenorrhea, osteoporosis, body image. One of the most important chapters is on getting and giving help, forming a support team, getting referrals, the journey to recovery while continuing training, and communicating effectively with family, friends, teammates, and coaches. The Athletic Woman's Survival Guide concludes with an excellent chapter on "Peak Performance: Preventing the Triad" and sites specifically what the woman athlete can do, what her friends can do, what her family can do, what schools and organizations can do, what their men can do, and what coaches and athletic departments can do to assist the woman athlete to thrive, prosper, and perform in the competitive world of athletic competition. Highly recommended for personal, professional, and athletic department reference libraries, The Athletic Woman's Survival Guide is enhanced with references, resource lists, and a comprehensive index.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736001212
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Billie Jean King
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. Why the Triad Now? Developing a Positive Body Image
Your Body Image and the Triad
Toward a Healthy Body Image
Chapter 2. Thin is In: Disordered Eating
Do Diets Work?
Does Exercise Work?
When Does Dieting Become Disordered Eating?
Who Is at Risk?
Protecting Yourself Against Eating Disorders
What Veronica's Experience Teaches Us
Chapter 3. Dying to Be Thin: Anorexia Nervosa
What Is Anorexia?
What Causes Anorexia?
Who Is at Risk?
Recognizing Anorexia
Overcoming Anorexia
What Winnie's and Tammy's Experiences Teach Us
Chapter 4. Out of the Kitchen, Into the Closet: Bulimia Nervosa
What Is Bulimia?
Who Is at Risk?
Recognizing Bulimia
Overcoming Bulimia
What Jessica's, Eileen's, and Rosie's Experiences Teach US
Chapter 5. The Power of Your Period: Amenorrhea
Your Healthy Menstrual Cycle
Primary Amenorrhea
Secondary Amenorrhea and Oligomenorrhea
What to Do If You Have Amenorrhea
Getting Better
What Deborah's, Diane's, and Rowena's Experiences Teach Us
Chapter 6. Old Bones in Young Women: Osteoporosis
What Is Osteoporosis?
Who Is at Risk?
How Are Stress Fractures Related to Osteoporosis?
Bone Development: How Your Skeleton Grows
Building Strong Bones Throughout Life
Diagnosing and Healing a Stress Fracture
Diagnosing Osteoporosis
Treating Low Bone Density
What Leah's and Alexandra's Experience Teaches Us
Chapter 7. Getting Help: Teamwork for Success
Recognizing That You Need Help
Helping a Friend
Forming Your Support Team
Getting Referrals
Making the Journey to Recovery
Continuing to Train and Compete
Talking to Friends, Family, and Coaches
Finishing the Journey
Chapter 8. Peak Performance: Preventing the Triad
What You Can Do
What Friends Can Do
What Families Can Do
What Schools and Organizations Can Do
What Men Can Do
What Coaches and Athletic Departments Can Do
References
Resources
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2005

    The truth about the female athlete triad is revealed.

    Carol L. Otis and Roger Goldingay, authors of 'The Athletic Woman's Guide to Survival have compiled a book that I feel is an essential source of information of the female athlete triad and outlines certain strategies on how to overcome this problem. The authors present this information by explaining what the female athlete triad is and explaining each of the three main facets in detail that being eating disorders, amenorrhea and osteoporosis. The book is structured well and the authors write in a creative way offering non-judgmental advice. The issues surrounding the triad are all sensitive topics that female athletes have to address and this book does so in a way that keeps the reader comfortable. Otis and Goldingay give the reader real tools to deal with these situations in a way that is not down putting or denotative to an indvidual who may be dealing with the issues of the triad. The authors use many personal stories of individuals who have experienced the problems associated with the triad. I liked these case studies because it makes the book more personal and from the success stories of these woman it gives the reader some encouragment that they to can overcome the triad. This is a very good book and I believe that every female athlete should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    Every female athlete should read this book - Mary - Oklahoma State University

    Carol L. Otis and Roger Goldingay authors of 'The Athletic Woman's Surival Guide' have compiled a book that I feel is an essential source of information for all female athletes. It is a self-help book and presents the problem of the female athlete triad and outlines certain strategies on how to overcome this problem. The book is structured well and the authors write in a creative way offering non-judgmental advice. The three main ideas from the book making up the female athlete triad (eating disorders, amenorrhea and osteoporosis) are all sensitive and personal topics that all female athletes have to address. Otis and Goldingay give the reader real tools to deal with these situations in a way that is not down putting or denotative to an individual who may be dealing with the issues of the triad. The authors use many personal stories of individuals who have experienced the problems associated with the triad. I liked these case studies because it makes the book more personal and from these stories of success give encouragement to the reader. Finally a book speaks truthfully about the fallacies behind being thin and that being thin does not mean you are a better athlete.

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