As a physiotherapist, we're frequently the first point of call to an injured athlete. We can play a vital role in the detection of RED-S, refer to the appropriate experts and have a role in the rehab following a bone stress injury.
Related Blog: BJSM Blog - Using exercise to improve bone health in athletes with RED-S and "Periods. The barometer to hormone health"
One of the key issues is asking sensitive questions about menstrual status and relationship with food and exercise.
Related Blog: "The RED-S Flag. Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport - Can physiotherapists play a key role in early detection?"
I was asked by duo Jack Chew and Jack March from Physio Matters Podcast to pick my brains about the topic of RED-S, those hard to ask questions and our role as a physiotherapist within the MDT.
Huge thank you to Jack and Jack for having me on the podcast. I'm extremely passionate about raising awareness amongst our profession.
Here are some great resources I've discussed on the podcast, plus some additional useful pearls!
- Health 4 Performance website
- National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science - NHS clinic for RED-S in dancers and athletes - GP referrals accepted (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London)
- TrainBrave website - includes FREE events around the country - next event - 23rd June, Oxford
- EN-SPIRE RED-S clinic - specialist clinic based in Bath for RED-S and Eating Disorders in Sport
- BJSM RED-S Clinical Assessment Tool
- BJSM Podcast with Dr Margo Mountjoy
- BJSM Podcast with Dr Kate Ackerman
- Dr Nicky Keay (@NickyKfitness ), Sports Endocrinologist Blog
- "Taking the stress out of stress fracture - Fast Running Blog with Tom Goom (@Running_Physio)
- The IOC consensus statement: beyond the Female Athlete Triad—Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)
- Management and Prevention of Bone Stress Injuries in Long-Distance Runners - Warden et al, 2014
- Pogo Physio Podcast - Prof Belinda Beck, Bone Health Expert
- BBC 5 Live "Athletes Starving themselves for success"
Thanks for reading and listening!
This month we give Jack C. a rest and Jack M. takes over the interviewing duties, recorded live at The COPA show in London we talk in great detail to Anna Boniface about Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport or RED-S. Anna is an absolute expert in this field lecturing on the subject but also with personal experience as an Endurance Athlete, her insight in this Podcast is absolutely invaluable. A must listen session regarding an important issue with take home messages much more wide reaching than just for this condition, some real clinical pearls from the outset. Excuse the slightly lengthy news section at the start, we are very busy and there is tons of content to update you on! If you like more and more content then head to chewshealth.com/support and send us a few pennies to keep us able to work hard bringing you all this clinical gold! Follow Anna on Twitter @AnnaBoniface the podcast @TPMPodcast and Jack M. @PhysioJack Send any and all longer form feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org and dont forget to sign up for your #TheBigRs ticket at reform.physio/conference