Iron Deficiency in Athletes

@article{Rowland2012IronDI,
  title={Iron Deficiency in Athletes},
  author={Thomas W. Rowland},
  journal={American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={6},
  pages={319 - 327}
}
  • T. Rowland
  • Published 20 January 2012
  • Medicine
  • American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Adequate body stores of iron are necessary for optimal endurance exercise performance. Severe iron depletion resulting in overt iron-deficiency anemia clearly depresses endurance fitness, but it is not clear if milder degrees of iron deficiency (low serum ferritin with normal hemoglobin levels) impair physical capacity. The question is an important one for athletes, particularly females, who are particularly prone to iron deficiency without anemia. This review examines research data, in both… 

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