A displaced femoral neck stress fracture in an amenorrheic adolescent female runner

Sports Health. 2012 Jul;4(4):352-6. doi: 10.1177/1941738111429929.


This case demonstrates the potential serious consequences of the female athlete triad and its effects on bone. Displaced femoral neck stress fractures cause significant morbidity, and this case highlights the preventable nature of this injury. The treatment was focused on improving low energy availability, and, although challenging, improvements were made. This injury could have been prevented if the signs and symptoms of her injury had been addressed and there had been better knowledge of her risk factors. This case highlights the need for further education in the sports and health communities.