Gender differences in high school coaches' knowledge, attitudes, and communication about the female athlete triad

Eat Disord. 2014;22(3):193-208. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2013.874827. Epub 2014 Jan 23.


The objective of this study was to assess high school coaches' knowledge, attitudes, communication, and management decisions with respect to the Female Athlete Triad and to determine whether results are patterned by coach gender. Data were obtained through an online survey of high school coaches (n = 227). Significant differences were found between male and female coaches in certain attitudes and communication behaviors related to eating and menstrual irregularity. School or district level policies may help reduce these differences and may help mitigate the health consequences for athletes related to possible differential prevention and detection of the comorbidities of the Female Athlete Triad.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Female Athlete Triad Syndrome*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Schools*
  • Sex Characteristics
  • Sports*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires