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The Female Athlete Triad is a system of 3 components that afflicts up to 60% of female athletes (McArdle et al., 2015). The components have been defined by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as low energy availability, menstrual dysfunction, and low bone mineral density. Due to the intense energy expenditure during training and the age at which intense training begins in order to compete at the collegiate level, NCAA Division I female athletes are at a heightened risk for the Female Athlete Triad. This study used the LEAF-Q survey to collect risk assessment levels from each participant. The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence of the Female Athlete Triad in NCAA Division I female athletes using a large and diverse sample.

Publication Date

Spring 2022


Boiling Springs, NC

Prevalence of the Female Athlete Triad in NCAA Division I Collegiate Female Athletes