Gymnasts and RED-S are unfortunately linked more often than parents and coaches realize. RED-S, otherwise known as relative energy deficiency in sport, is a syndrome introduced in 2014 by the International Olympic Committee to expand upon the female athlete triad. 

RED-S is a way to describe the physical and psychological effects of inadequate energy intake on athletes both male and female. Many gymnasts have RED-S and it’s often what I term “unintentionally underfueling”: they (and their parents) are simply are not taught from a young age how much energy they need to fuel 20+ hours a week of training.  

In this episode, you’ll learn: 

  • What are the physical consequences and side effects of RED-S
  • What symptoms to be aware of in your own athlete
  • What you can do to help your gymnast recover from or prevent RED-S

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