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Female Athletes

Supermom: return to participation and performance post-partum

in Diagnose & Treat, Female Athletes, Improve, Joint injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Prevent, Strength

Return to sport following pregnancy can be a difficult transition. Nonhlanhla Mkumbuzi outlines the multidisciplinary approach and biopsychosocial considerations for female athletes returning to participation and performance post-partum Participation and professionalization of women’s sports are increasing. However, this does not reflect in the research and prevailing guidelines, which practitioners and clinicians use to optimize female... MORE

A tale of two halves: the differences in muscle...

in Acute injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Email Newsletters, Female Athletes, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab

Paper title: Assessing the differences in muscle stiffness measured with shear wave elastography and myotonometer during the menstrual cycle in young women Publication: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging Publication date: May 2022 INTRODUCTION One of the most important factors in maintaining dynamic knee stability is muscle stiffness, which is proportional to muscle fiber recruitment and... MORE

Female athletic performance: managing menopause

in Female Athletes, Improve, Prevent

Menopause is the natural end of a female’s menstrual cycle and can have profound and diverse effects on women. Tracy Ward discusses how the female athlete can adapt and continue to train through the menopausal transition. Menopause is the natural end of a female’s menstrual cycle, and clinicians define it as 12 months after the... MORE

Heading in the right direction – understanding sports-related concussion...

in Acute injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Female Athletes, Other, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab

Sports-related concussions (SRC) occur in most sports at all levels. However, female athletes experience more concussions and worse outcomes than their male counterparts, yet these gender differences are unknown in clinical practice. Tracy Ward explores the pathophysiology, implications, and management of SRC in female athletes. Sports-related concussion (SRC) management is at the forefront of sports... MORE

The eagle has landed: a soft landing prevents a...

in Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Email Newsletters, Female Athletes, Hip injuries, Knee injuries, Leg injuries

Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Doubles Final –  Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova celebrate with the trophy after winning their final match against Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina and Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia REUTERS/Morgan Sette Paper Title: The relationship between Landing Error Scoring System performance and injury in female collegiate athletes Publication: International Journal... MORE

Context is queen: filling the gaping hole in Sports...

in Diagnose & Treat, Female Athletes, Improve, Other, Sports psychology

Sports and Exercise Medicine research largely excludes women cohorts. However, women’s biology influences the outcome of training programs and medical interventions. Still, the evidence pool is mainly void of specific data to design appropriate interventions. Nonhlanhla Mkumbuzi explores the gaps in research and discusses the inclusion of context as a critical determining factor when designing... MORE

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

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