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Determinants of Skeletal Health in Male Athletes


A study for 16-30 year-old male athletes who are running at least 30 miles/week

Also seeking 16-30 year-old males who exercise for < 2 hours/week

Young Athlete
Male Athlete Study

Study Aim

Research in female athletes has shown that high levels of exercise can cause low energy availability, hormonal irregularities, and impaired bone density. However, similar studies in males have not yet been conducted. In this study, we aim to investigate whether male athletes are also at risk for compromised bone strength due to low energy availability and resultant hormonal irregularities.

This study is 18 months long including a screening visit to assess eligibility, main visits at baseline and 12 months, and check-ins at 4, 8, and 18 months. 


Please note that recruitment is currently paused for this study. However, if you are interested in participating in this study, you are welcome to complete this eligibility survey. A staff member will contact you once recruitment re-opens.

Study Visits
Total Compensation up to $1300
Baseline and 12 Month Visits:
  • History, Physical, and Bloodwork

  • Bone density scan

  • Peripheral CT scan of arm and leg

  • MRI for body composition

  • Metabolic testing

  • Questionnaires about exercise, diet, and eating behaviors/attitudes 

  • Assessments of activity level and heart rate 


4 Month and 8 Month Visits:
May be conducted virtually
  • History and Physical

  • Assessments of diet, activity level, and heart rate

18 Month Phone Call:
  • Evaluation of any bone sports injuries 
Compensation Breakdown:
  • Baseline: $200
  • 4 Month / 8 Month: $250 each
  • 12 Month: $500
  • 18 Month Phone-Call: $100
Study Coordinators: 

Geeta Scarff

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Meghan Lauzé

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Nurse Practitioners
Research Fellows:

Anu Gerweck, NP

Meghan Slattery, NP

Adam Tenforde, MD

Kathryn Ackerman, MD, MPH

Melanie S. Haines, MD

Principal Investigators: 

Karen K. Miller, MD

Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH




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