Episode 103 with researcher Melissa Lodge: Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport

In this week’s episode we talk to researcher Melissa Lodge about

  • Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport
  • Working with coaches, trainers and athletes to detect LEA and REDs
  • Health & Performance effects of LEA/REDs

Melissa Lodge is a health sciences doctoral student, REDs researcher, elite runner, and a research collaborator at the Wu Tsai Female Athlete Program of Boston Children’s Hospital. Her research focuses on female athlete physiology, particularly under conditions of low energy availability, such as Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (or REDs), and its associated impact on health and performance across the lifespan. She has presented her work at several regional, national, and international conferences featuring work in female athletes on LEA outcomes. Melissa is interested in exploring intervention-based models, such as psychoeducation, to improve outcomes for female athletes and girls in sports in the future. Melissa runs an educational platform @FED_collaborative where she provides translational research on female athlete physiology, LEA/REDs, and ED/DE.

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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