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Female Athletes

Breast support – only the balls should bounce!

in Acute injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Female Athletes, Improve, Musculoskeletal injuries, Other, Overuse injuries

The breast has limited anatomical support and can move 15cm during running. Nicola Brown discusses the consequences of breast movement and provides guidance on obtaining the correct sports bra fit to help women exercise in greater comfort. Introduction The evolution of technology and sportswear aims to improve performance and prevent injuries. However, the sports industry... MORE

Periodization: game, set, and the menstrual cycle

in Female Athletes, Improve, Other, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Tools and technology

The menstrual cycle occurs approximately monthly in women of reproductive age. The hormonal fluctuations affect the cardiovascular, respiratory, and neuromuscular systems. Tracy Ward discusses the implications of the menstrual cycle on training and competition periodization in female athletes. The number of women participating in exercise and professional sport has risen significantly over the past three... MORE

Sleeping sporting beauties: Part II – optimizing recovery and...

in Female Athletes, Improve, Other

The effects of sleep on performance are well understood. In part two, Tracy Ward explores the sleep-recovery relationship and provides recommendations for improving sleep quality and quantity in female athletes. Optimizing sleep in female athletes The average person requires approximately 7-9 hours of sleep per night to promote wellbeing and reduce morbidity and mortality(1). However,... MORE

Sleeping sporting beauties: Part I – how hormones influence...

in Female Athletes, Improve, Other, Tools and technology

The role of sleep on performance is undeniable. However, female athletes’ sleep-recovery relationship may differ from their male counterparts due to their physiology.  In part one, Candice MacMillan discusses how female hormones interact with the circadian rhythm and their impact on sleep. Introduction Sleep is a key element to peak athletic performance(1). It is regarded... MORE

Beyond the Finnish Line: exploring injury, menstrual dysfunction, and...

in Email Newsletters, Female Athletes

Paper title:  Self-Reported Restrictive Eating, Eating Disorders, Menstrual Dysfunction, and Injuries in Athletes Competing at Different Levels and Sports Publication: Nutrients. 2021. 13(9). 3275 Publication date: September 2021 INTRODUCTION Disordered eating and menstrual dysfunction are common among female athletes competing in elite and non-elite sports. The prevalence and associated risk of injury are dependent on... MORE

Hit or miss: HIIT in pregnancy

in Email Newsletters, Female Athletes

Paper title: Acute Fetal Response to High-Intensity Interval Training in The Second and Third Trimesters of Pregnancy Publication: Appl Physiol Nutr Metab Publication date: 25 Aug 2021 INTRODUCTION Exercise is commonly prescribed to reduce pregnancy-related complications, such as gestational diabetes, hypertension, excessive gestational weight gain, and improve mother and infant health. However, time constraints remain... MORE

Injuries among male and female amateur rugby players: what...

in Acute injuries, Ankle and foot injuries, Email Newsletters, Female Athletes, Knee injuries, Leg injuries, Shoulder injuries

Paper Title: Injury Trends in Irish Amateur Rugby: An epidemiological comparison of men and women Publication: Sports Health Publication date: March 2021 INTRODUCTION Despite its collisional nature and high injury incidence rate (IIR), rugby union is a popular global sport. Males and females play the sport at professional, semi-professional, and amateur levels. Although research exists... MORE

Stressed out: finding the optimal loading strategy for tibial...

in Diagnose & Treat, Female Athletes, Overuse injuries

Treating bone stress injuries usually involves a period of reduced weight-bearing and immobilization. However, bones benefit from bearing weight. Nicolaas van Dijk explores the benefits of early and optimal loading, leading to less time off from exercise and running. Between one to two-thirds of competitive cross-country and long-distance runners have a history of bone stress... MORE

Linking menstrual irregularity, contraceptives, and bone health in collegiate...

in Email Newsletters, Female Athletes

Paper Title: Menstrual Irregularity, Hormonal Contraceptive Use, and Bone Stress Injuries in Collegiate Female Athletes in the United States. Publication: PM&R Publication date: Published online ahead of print on 2020 Dec 19.doi: 10.1002/pmrj.12539. INTRODUCTION For many women, the symptoms of menstruation or menstrual irregularity (MI) can get in the way of athletic performance. Therefore, some choose... MORE

Playing fast and loose: the implications of joint hypermobility...

in Female Athletes, Improve, Strength

Female athletes with persistent musculoskeletal pain may suffer from joint hypermobility syndrome. Though often overlooked, it is associated with an increase in injuries and can significantly affect athletic abilities. Tracy Wardprovides an overview of the condition, its implications, and specific treatment strategies to enhance performance. Joint hypermobility syndrome (JHMS) is a connective tissue disorder that... MORE

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