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Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department of Health Sciences
Danielle Torisky, PhD, RDN
Jeremy D Akers, PhD, RDN
Hasan Hamdan, PhD
Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between iron storage and overall well-being in Division I female collegiate athletes. This was done to determine a cost-effective screening method for iron deficiency.
Design: Retrospective Cohort
Subjects and Settings: 117 Division I female athletes at James Madison University. Subjects were ages 17-22 from different teams (Cross Country, Track & Field, Basketball, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Golf, Swimming & Diving, Soccer, and Softball). We excluded one subject based on a medical diagnosis.
Main Outcome Measure: Data were retrieved from Electronic Medical Records on subjects who have had ferritin levels tested and completed the Henriques 10-Item Well-being Questionnaire (H10WB) within the same year.
Results: Correlations resulted in no significant relationship between ferritin levels and H10WB total scores with a p-value of 0.141. The data were divided into three groups (A,B,C) based on number of H10WB questionnaires completed. This separation resulted in non-significant relationships. Group A, ferritin 1 and H10WB total (p= 0.070); Group B, ferritin 1 and H10WB total (p=0.819); Group C, ferritin 1 and H10WB total (p= 0.056).
Conclusion: Current data suggest that the symptoms of mood disturbances and changes in an athlete’s overall well-being status are not correlated with low ferritin levels. These results suggest the H10WB is not a sufficient tool to predict iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia; therefore, further research needs to be conducted with larger samples of subjects with iron deficiency to determine an efficacious cost-effective screening tool.
Key Words: iron deficiency, ferritin and athletes, iron deficiency and athletes, ferritin and mental health, female athletes and iron deficiency
Fornieri, Jessica L., "Iron Status in Relation to Well-Being Questionnaire (H10WB) Scores in Division I Female Collegiate Athletes" (2018). Masters Theses. 535.