One of FACS' "Featured Alumni" Marie Spano authored a recent article in Today's Dietitian, titled Strategies for Preventing Stress Fractures in Sports. The article quotes various experts on this topic, including FDN faculty member Emma Laing.
Stress fractures are common sports injuries that hurt an athlete physically and mentally. In addition to hampering their training program, a situation that could lead to detraining, a variety of emotions can come into play as the athlete sits on the sidelines. Yet sports dietitians can help their clients take steps toward prevention through proper nutrition and facilitate physical and emotional recovery after a stress fracture has occurred.
Nutrition plays a role in the development of stress fractures, with most studies showing that lower calcium intake, low serum vitamin D, and a vegetarian diet are linked to greater risk. However, “Most diet-stress fracture studies have to be interpreted cautiously because researchers link an athlete's recall of their diet to their injury history, and these can sometimes be unreliable,” says Emma Laing, PhD, RDN, associate research scientist and director of communications in the department of foods and nutrition at the University of Georgia. “The best way to get to this answer is by conducting large, long-term studies that closely examine athletes' dietary intake and the number and timing of stress fractures. Researchers also can assess training patterns and other factors in these studies that are at play in the development of stress fractures,” Laing says.
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