The number of women taking advantage of opportunities to engage in physically demanding activities, both recreational and in the job force. A woman recently took first place in a national ultra-marathon race, beating both her female and male competitors. Increasing numbers of women are becoming firefighters, police officers, construction workers, etc. The effects of Title IX have been far-reaching and significant.
As more women train and push their bodies to higher limits, however, several important health issues need to be addressed. Two areas of concern receiving a lot of attention in recent years are the female triad — disordered eating, amenorrhea and osteoporosis; and exercise and menopause. This article is intended to provide information to help women and the individuals who train them to design medically sound physical conditioning programs.