New clinic for dancers at RNOH

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The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) is pleased to announce the expansion of the London NHS Dance Injury Clinic to include the UK’s first RED-S/Endocrine clinic.

Previously known as the Female Athlete Triad, Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports (RED-S) refers to health concerns caused by a lack of energy available to support both exercise and normal physiological functioning. Health concerns associated with RED-S are described by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as ‘impaired physiological function including, but not limited to, metabolic rate, menstrual function, bone health, immunity, protein synthesis, cardiovascular health caused by relative energy deficiency’.

Dancers who are experiencing symptoms that may be as a result of RED-S such as weight loss (sudden or gradual), periods stopping, periods less regular and infrequent, periods much lighter, increased frequency of injuries (either soft tissue or bone), or any bone stress injury, can now be referred to NIDMS’ London dance injury clinic to receive care, treatment and advice from specialists.

The addition of specialist care for dancers at risk of RED-S serves NIDMS’ mission to provide the dance sector with access to high quality, affordable, dance specific health care. NIDMS NHS dance injury clinics are also available in Birmingham at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Bath at the Royal United Hospital with further clinics in development.

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