SAN ANTONIO – It’s summer and for many young athletes, it’s also the off-season, which means keeping in shape isn’t always easy.
According to pediatric orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rhianna Little, female athletes are more sensitive to energy deficits in sports and can suffer from underused bodies.
Dr. Little said it’s important to monitor the athlete’s health during the off-season, just like during the off-season. This helps to avoid problems with low energy availability and hormonal disturbances in macro development.
It’s important to pay attention to any sign of medical stress in the body and seek professional help before it becomes a bigger problem, said Dr. Little.
Tackling the off-season issues can help keep the athlete healthy and ready for the new sports year.
Dr. Little also added, Make sure athletes stay away from pre and post workout nutrition and just keep a balanced and complete nutritional diet all year round.
Eliminate junk and processed foods and hydrate them with pure water, she said.
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