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Research Article, J Athl Enhancement Vol: 2 Issue: 2

Physique Related Perceptions and Biological Correlates of Eating Disorder Risk among Female Collegiate Equestrians

Eva V. Monsma1*, Jennifer L. Gay2 and Toni M. Torres-McGehee3
1Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training, University of South Carolina, USA
2College of Public Health, University of Georgia, Athens, USA
3Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training, University of South Carolina, USA
Corresponding author : Eva V. Monsma
Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training, 218 Blatt PE Center, University of South Carolina, USA
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Received: November 10, 2012 Accepted: February 15, 2013 Published: February 18, 2013
Citation: Monsma EV, Gay JL, Torres-McGehee TM (2013) Physique Related Perceptions and Biological Correlates of Eating Disorder Risk among Female Collegiate Equestrians. J Athl Enhancement 2:2. doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000107

Abstract

Physique Related Perceptions and Biological Correlates of Eating Disorder Risk among  Female Collegiate Equestrians

Sport-specific features of certain sports are implicated as perpetuating eating disorder risk and this is especially prominent among female athletes competing in aesthetic sports. Form-fitting uniforms and where there is a subjective evaluation component to determining performance success characterize aesthetic sports.Contextual mechanisms common within this sport classification involve public weigh-ins, comments about physique, costume features and subjective evaluation by judges magnify the typical pressures associated with pursuing success in sport especially if physical characteristics do not meet sport demands.

Keywords: Eating disorders; Body Image (BI); Female athletes

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