The Marathon of Medicine: What sports teach us about resiliency, recovery, and how to avoid being benched

How does our understanding of relative energy deficiency in sports (REDs) apply to our jobs in academic medicine?  

Intense training and complex schedules can have true physiologic consequences.  

It’s well studied in athletes–Chronic low energy availability leads to performance implications.  Turns out rest and recovery are essential for top performance, even for Type A doctors.  Is it possible to create space for rest, recovery and recharging in our busy schedules?  

Relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S) describes a syndrome of poor health and declining athletic performance that happens when athletes do not get enough fuel through food to support the energy demands of their daily lives and training. RED-S can and does affect athletes of any gender and ability level. (Via Boston Children’s Hospital)