Female Dancer Case Study – Athlete

“I have always been a slim build and told I have an ideal physique for Ballet. However, on starting full time training there were other students who were thinner and eating less. I did the same. However, I did not become a better dancer. My periods stopped and I couldn’t dance due to bone stress response. Logically I knew this was not a good situation, but I found it really difficult to accept that I had to eat more again and regain my lost weight. However with support from my parents and medical and nutritional professionals who understood dance, I was able to negotiate the challenges. Eating appropriately, I feel so much better mentally and physically, while not looking heavier at all and becoming a better dancer. No more grumbling injuries and I can now pick up corrections and choreography much more quickly. ”

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