Understanding Iron-Deficiency Anemia & Sports Anemia

by: Amelia M. Weaver and Len Kravitz, PhD


Endurance exercise does not make people anemic, but it can deplete the body’s iron stores.

The causes and consequences of iron-deficiency anemia (IDA) generate a lot of interest and discussion in the fitness industry. After all, IDA can degrade exercise capacity and health status (Schumacher et al. 2002), and adult endurance runners may experience a reduction in iron stores (Kong, Gao & Chang 2014).

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IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 11, Issue 9

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About the Authors

Amelia M. Weaver

Amelia M. Weaver IDEA Author/Presenter

Len Kravitz, PhD

Len Kravitz, PhD IDEA Author/Presenter

Len Kravitz, PhD, is the program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he recently won the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. Len w...