That is a great point about iron and ferretin levels. They should be monitored by a sports med doc at this high level of competition and age. Foot strike anemia is very common and athletes beginning puberty can have iron loss as well. It usually not until levels have dropped really low and performance suffers that they get it checked out. Vit D also impt for growing healthy bones. Sounds like she has a great coach who is knowledgeable about all of the factors and made the right decision for her health.
Deer Runner wrote:
Here is my advice since you appear genuinely interested in addressing this. It might be useless, but if we have enough useless ideas someone may be able to think of something that works. The majority of Let’s Run posters are against unhealthy practices like overtraining young runners, and that is a great and positive resource for over excited kids who might otherwise overtrain. So you need to figure out how to be a positive resource for the other big problem in youth running: anorexia.
1) Given the nature of anorexia and its prevalence in young female distance runners, you have a moral obligation to help fight it. Calling a young female runner overweight is different than someone posting on Lets Play Football that a high school quarterback has a weak arm or on Let’s Play Basketball that a shooting guard is too short or out of shape. It is different because the very act of calling a young woman overweight can actually trigger anorexia. So yes weight is an important part of the sport and you would like to be able to discuss it the way a football fan talks about arms or a basketball fan talks about height, but you can’t. The risk that it places on the target of the comment is too high. So one thing you should consider is eliminating all comments about the weight of any actual female athletes below a certain age, especially if they are based on someone’s “analysis” of a photograph. It’s just not worth the damage it can cause. People can still have a general discussion about weight’s impact on running without mentioning specific young athletes.
2) In virtually any article about a person’s suicide, there is almost always a notice in the article about resources to call if a reader of the article is having suicidal thoughts. I don’t know that such a thing works in this case. But there are certainly lots of links and messages and advice that can be placed in any thread that goes near the weight issue. Lauren Fleshman’s letter to her younger self should be posted all over this thread. A young female runner with a proclivity towards an eating disorder will likely get drawn to threads like this, so use it to reach them and tell them what they need to hear. Instead of having topics like this create risks for young female runners, use your power of control over the message board to bring help. It probably won’t impact much traffic one way or the other, but you might wind up saving a few lives.
3) To the posters, I encourage you to provide as many helpful insights on this topic as possible. Give the right advice and help, and drown out the weirdos who almost seem to get joy in trying to ruin young people’s lives. The young girls need need your help, and you can make a difference.
4) To any young female runner reading this, read Lauren Fleshman’s letter. She has much more useful things to say about this than anything I can write, or any thing virtually all the other posters can write.
Great post. I think I honestly want to have a standard disclaimer on any thread about a female runner under the age of 20 that we put below the first post.
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One in a billion? Nonsense. She's in high school so that's the start of her career. And talent is more than what you're born with it's what you train to become. Michael Jordan wasn't born the GOAT. He had physical talents but he also had tremendous drive and ambition. So I wish KT well but it's pretty early to call her a "one in a billion talent".