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Stress Fractures in Female Runners

Amanda Bales


This case is appropriate for practitioners and students in physical therapy and related areas.


After completing this unit, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of stress fractures in female athletes.
  • Identify predisposing factors leading to a stress fracture diagnosis.
  • Define the terrible triad in a female athlete (amenorrhea, disordered eating, osteoporosis).
  • List the health professionals and medical team involved in female athlete stress fracture treatment.
  • Recognize nutritional needs for a patient with a stress fracture diagnosis.
  • Outline an exercise program for an athlete returning to sport post stress fracture diagnosis.

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