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BMI and Assessing Risk for Athletes

Because of this limitation associated with using BMI for athletes, physicians will consider other factors besides BMI when assessing an athlete's health risk for certain medical conditions.
These assessments might include:
  • One of the alternative body fat measurements explained above
  • Evaluations of diet, physical activity, and family history
  • Other appropriate health screenings.
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