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Resources

When it comes to seeking support, it’s important to know where to look. There is often a gap in knowledge about RED-S within general medical practice which may make it harder to diagnose and treat. However, there are a number of specialists who can help with a RED-S related issue and we're continually adding them to our list of trusted recommendations below.

Blood tests are considered the “gold standard” for testing whether someone has (or is at risk of developing) RED-S, although these are typically tricky to attain via a regular practitioner. Fortunately, there is a RED-S screening blood test designed by RED-S medical specialists which is both affordable and clinically useful. Head here for more information.

For more medical advice, you can check out the British Association of Sports Medicine website and some of our specific athlete, coach and supporter resources. To talk any of this through with Pippa in a mentoring capacity, head here.

Medicine

Dr Kathryn Ackerman is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician and medical director of the Female Athlete Program in the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. Her interests include female athletes, rowing injuries, endocrinology, RED-S, the list goes on!

Dr Emily Kraus is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford Children’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center. She specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) sports medicine and is involved in multiple RED-S based projects.

Nutrition

Dietitian Rebecca McConville is a certified eating disorder dietitian and sports nutrition specialist. She has 25+ years worth of experience in all-things-RED-S and is also the author of Finding Your Sweet Spot: How to Avoid RED-S by Optimizing Your Energy Balance.

Lisa Podlecki, Registered Sports Dietitian and avid runner, provides realistic and sustainable recommendations for athletes with RED-S.

Linda Steinhardt is sports dietitian based in Texas who has worked with adolescents, elite college athletes, and active adults.

Leslie Schilling is a master's level registered dietitian specialising in sport nutrition, weight concerns, and family wellness located in Las Vegas, NV.

Marissa Michael has been a registered dietitian nutritionist for 18 years and helps athletes optimise nutrition for sports performance, from recreational to elite.

Psychology

Riley Nickols is a counseling and sport psychologist who specializes in working with athletes to address mental health and performance concerns.

Dr Melissa Streno's areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, eating disorders, disordered eating, body image distress, anxiety, depression, and life/relationship transitions.

Kate Bennett is a Clinical Sport Psychologist at Athlete Insight who specialises in the treatment of eating disorders, body image concerns, and exercise dependency.

Eating Disorder Clinics

The Gaudiani Clinic offers unique, expert outpatient eating disorder treatment specifically dedicated to treating adolescents and adults with eating disorders or disordered eating of all shapes and sizes and comes highly recommended.

Eating Disorder & Mental Health Helplines

NEDA is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.

Blood Tests

As explained above, a comprehensive set of blood tests can be tricky to obtain via a regular practitioner. So, we're grateful to receive a 15% discount here via Forth who provide RED-S Screening tests, created by RED-S medical specialists.

This is a finger-prick blood test which can be done from your own home. You can then take your results (or send in advance) to a RED-S medical specialist (above) to save time and money.

The Male RED-S Profile and Female RED-S Profile should cover all the essential bases but you can of course, tack on optional extras, from the main Forth website.