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Endurance athletes certainly have their own way of dealing with pain and dealing with sports. Certainly, there are many advantages to being an endurance athlete, but for a woman there’s a couple issues. One of the issues is it can affect the menstrual cycle. If the irregular menstrual cycle then is affected by hormones, you can actually have problems where you, theoretically, could have problems with bone and the development of strong bones. In addition to that, with endurance athletes, you have to be worried about chronic injuries. These are issues that need to be looked at.

By: Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP