Episode 87 with researcher Ida Heikura: The IOC’s Clinical Assessment Tool for REDs

In this week’s episode, we talk to researcher Ida Heikura about:

  • The International Olympic Committee’s new Clinical Assessment Tool (version 2) for REDs
  • What is REDs (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport)
  • What is OTS (Overtraining Syndrome)
  • Risk factors & signs for each

Ida Heikura has worked the last three years as a postdoctoral research fellow at Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and University of Victoria (B.C., Canada). Ida is originally from Finland and completed her PhD in 2020 at Australian Catholic University. Over the past 3 years, Ida’s research has explored the prevalence, symptoms and assessment of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (REDs) in Canadian and international high-performance athletes. This work has contributed to the new REDs Clinical Assessment Tool version 2 (REDs CAT2) which was recently published by the International Olympic Committee expert group, along with several other REDs themed publications. Ida has also had the privilege to be a member of Own the Podium sponsored working group on REDs in Canada and the IOC REDs consensus group.

Please note that this podcast is created strictly for educational purposes and should never be used for medical diagnosis and treatment.


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