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Nutrition for Optimizing Bone Health in the Female Athlete 

There are many factors that can impact bone health. New bone is constantly forming and old bone being broken down. When younger the process of building bone is happening more quickly. So the need for proper nutrition to help support this process becomes especially important for young female athletes as their bodies are going through many changes. Studies have shown that 90% of peak bone mass in women is reached by the age of 20. Women are at increased risk for developing osteoporosis later in life due to the fact they have less bone tissue than men.  

 

Calcium and Vitamin D help to promote strong bone development. Diets low in these nutrients can contribute to decreased bone density, early bone loss and an increased risk of fracture. Female athletes that do not receive adequate intake of these nutrients are at increased risk of injury, failure to achieve peak bone mass or even osteoporotic fractures. As female athletes engage in sports, they are subjecting their bodies to skeletal stressors and the need for Calcium and Vitamin D aids in bone responding properly through building and remodeling. Along with adequate Calcium and Vitamin D intake, adequate intake of calories is also necessary. As exercise increases, additional calories are required to support the increase in energy expenditure. The recommendations for females ages 14-18 for Calcium are 1,300mg and for Vitamin D 600IU.

Bone Health: Tips to Keep your Bones Healthy. Mayo Clinic. October 21, 2016. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/bone-health/art-20045060 Spence, Kristine. 2016. Nutrition for Optimizing Bone Health in the Female Athlete. SCAN'S PULSE. 35(4): 5-9. 


 
 

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