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6/30/21news article

Dayton Children’s launches the center for the female athlete

innovative, multidisciplinary program only in Ohio to care for female athletes’ physical, nutritional and emotional health

Dayton Children’s Hospital announced the creation of The Center for the Female Athlete, an innovative and multidisciplinary program that focuses on total wellness and the unique situations that affect the female athlete. The Center for the Female Athlete is the only of it's kind in Ohio. 

With the motto "this girl has the power," the all-female-led team for the center comprised of physicians, behavioral health specialists, dietitians, and athletic trainers are dedicated to the current and future health and wellness of the female athlete.

“We began developing The Center for the Female Athlete about two years ago. We recognized that female athletes had higher rates of nutritional and mental health concerns than their male counterparts or non-athletes, which were having a negative impact on their sports performance and recovery,” said Lora Scott, MD, program director for sports medicine at Dayton Children’s. “We developed this program in response, so we could help provide holistic, wraparound care for these athletes.”  

The center sees patients, ages 13-18, for a variety of conditions, including: 

  • Nutritional concerns 
  • Sport-specific injury prevention 
  • Bone health and bone density testing 
  • Risk assessment for the RED-S female athlete triad 
  • Mental health screening 
  • Performance anxiety/body image issues 

Girls who enter The Center for the Female Athlete participate in an integrated care model that assesses them holistically, looking at their physical, nutritional and emotional heath. The program focuses on exercise habits, hormonal balance, nutrition and counseling support to enable optimal health and teach them healthy habits.  

“For us, The Center for the Female Athlete was really the one missing piece in my daughter’s care and we realized it once we got answers there,” said Sybil Brun, whose daughter is currently enrolled in the program. “The center actually specializes in getting girls back to doing what they do best, treating them both physically and emotionally. I think it can be easy to forget our physical health is so closely linked with our mental health, but it’s true.” 
 

request an appointment

Athletes interested in making an appointment with The Center for the Female Athlete can request an appointment online anytime or call the center directly at 937-641-4876.  

follow us on social media

Parents and athletes can also follow The Center for the Female Athlete on social media. 

Instagram: @The_Female_Athlete 
Facebook: @TheFemaleAthleteOfficial 
 

media interviews

Leading up to the Summer 2021 Olympics, all eyes will be on the female athlete as she takes to the track, mat, field and pool. Members of The Center for the Female Athlete team will be available for interviews leading up to and during the Olympics. If you are interested in an interview opportunity, please contact Katie Solovey at soloveyk@childrensdayton.org.  

 

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Lora Scott, MD

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For us, The Center for the Female Athlete was really the one missing piece in my daughter’s care and we realized it once we got answers there.

Sybil Brun,mother of female athlete patient