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Athletic Women, Amenorrhea, and Skeletal Integrity

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Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(2):258-260. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-102-2-258
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The enthusiasm with which many adolescent and young women have taken to vigorous athletic exercise in recent years is perhaps surprising to the old fogies among us but is certainly gratifying and laudable. Coverage by newspapers and other media of women's sports has helped dispel persistent biologic, medical, and cultural myths about women and physical activity. However, growing evidence shows that there are unique aspects of female biology that impose definite constraints on women's athletic achievements and expose them to special hazards.

The report of Marcus and colleagues (1) in this issue is a case in point. These investigators studied



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