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Virtual Pediatric Hospital: CQQA: Compulsive Exercise

Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers

Compulsive Exercise

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: June 2002
Last Revision Date: June 2002


Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is compulsive exercise?

What causes it?

Who is at risk?

What are warning signs that my child is exercising too much?
Every person is different. Some people's bodies can handle more exercise than other's. If you think your child has a problem with compulsive exercise, try to get an idea of how she thinks about the exercise. Watch her exercise habits. Look for these signs:

What health problems can it lead to?
Exercising too much can lead to both physical and mental problems.

Physical

Mental

How is it treated?

How long does it last?

How can parents help?

How can coaches and trainers help?

When should I call the doctor?

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