American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
For Immediate Release Apr 08, 2014

New Management and Return-to-Play Guidelines for Female Athlete Triad Examined at AMSSM Annual Meeting

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Female Athlete Triad is a medical condition often observed in physically active girls and women, and involves three components: low energy availability with or without disordered eating, menstrual dysfunction and low bone mineral density. Female athletes often present with one or more of the Triad components, and an early intervention is essential to preventing progression to serious endpoints that include clinical eating disorders, amenorrhea and osteoporosis.  New evidence-based guidelines on management and return to play of the Female Athlete Triad, published recently in both the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine and the British Journal of Sports Medicine, will be discussed today at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, La.

Sports medicine physician and professor Aurelia Nattiv, MD, will present, "Consensus Conference Guidelines on the Female Athlete Triad for Management and Return to Play.” The guidelines, titled, 2014 Female Athlete Triad Coalition Consensus Statement on Treatment and Return to Play of the Female Athlete Triad, incorporate a risk stratification algorithm and point system that guides physicians at the pre-participation examination toward clearance and return-to-play recommendations based on the athlete's history and physical exam findings. Dr. Nattiv noted that the guidelines highlight the importance of involving a multi-disciplinary team when treating an athlete for this condition.

“The hope is that the implementation of these guidelines improves bone health and reduces the risk of stress fractures, as well as the progression of disordered eating into a more serious eating disorder,” said Dr. Nattiv. “In addition, athletes who are under fueling will be flagged to see a dietitian and follow up with the physician to ensure increase in energy intake. For those needing a psychological evaluation, they will be referred and followed up with by their team physician.”

Dr. Nattiv is a professor at the UCLA Departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, and is the director of the UCLA Osteoporosis Center, David Geffen School of Medicine. She is also a team physician at UCLA and a former member of the AMSSM Board of Directors.

This session is scheduled for 11:20 to 11:40 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The presentation is part of larger session on medical challenges in performing arts and in the female athlete. Registration is required for admittance. Media interested in being credentialed for the 2014 AMSSM Annual Meeting or to schedule an interview with any of the meeting speakers, contact Jessica Torres-Sosa, AMSSM Communications Manager, at Media guidelines:

About the AMSSM Annual Meeting: More than 1,400 sports medicine physicians from the United States and abroad come together to address advances and challenges in sports medicine through lectures and research. Learn more at

About the AMSSM: The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) is a multi-disciplinary organization of physicians whose members are dedicated to education, research, collaboration and fellowship within the field of sports medicine. Founded in 1991, the AMSSM now comprises more than 2,300 sports medicine physicians whose goal is to provide a link between the rapidly expanding core knowledge related to sports medicine and its application to patients in a clinical setting.


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