2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Survey of Bone Health Dietary Practices and Stress Fractures in Female Track Athletes
Abbie E. Smith
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

Female athletes struggle with maintaining bone integrity throughout their competitive careers. The purpose of this study was to compare the bone health maintenance habits of college female track athletes that have never developed a stress fracture with those that have. Seventeen female varsity track athletes were assessed for body composition and completed a bone health and diet survey. Runners that had a history of stress fractures tended to be significantly shorter, lighter individuals, and consumed a daily supplement. Although not significantly different between the groups, body percent fat tended to be lower in those athletes who have developed a stress fracture. Although the small sample size may not provide for a generalization, it may appear that there are direct correlations among the body size, diet, and stress fractures of a female athlete.

Keywords: Stress Fracture, Diet, Calcium, Females

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 17-3
Location: VH 1000
Time: 10:30

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