Judith Haudum

REDs in the focus at the Olympic Center Salzburg

In 2014 was a first mention of relative energy deficiency in sports. Since then, many experts in sports science have focused more on the causes and consequences, and work has also been carried out on successful prevention. Many are now aware that the syndrome is a very complex problem that unfortunately affects more athletes than initially thought. In all cases, the body receives far too little energy. The resulting deficit, if it persists in the long term, can trigger various symptoms.

Recent scientific publications show that REDs is still barely known in some subject areas (Verhoef et al. 2024). At the Olympic Center Salzburg, it is very important for me to minimize the risk of REDs through screenings and consultations and also to identify high risk athletes through analyses or to support those already affected on their way back to full health. As shown already in ORF report in Sport am Sonntag a few months ago, the consequences of this underfulleing of the body can also lead to irreversible damage.

An insight into the work at the Olympic Center Salzburg is shown in an article in the current annual report 2023 of the ÖOC.

The 2023 Olympic report
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