Paper title: Facilitators and barriers for implementation of a load management intervention in football Journal: British Journal of Sports Medicine Publication date: 22 June 2021 INTRODUCTION The physical demands on elite youth football players are high compared to age-matched recreational athletes, and there is a high burden of injury and illness throughout the season. However,... MORE
The period problem: does menstruation make females more vulnerable to injury?
Young girls are encouraged to play sport, and many of them continue to pursue active and competitive lifestyles through adulthood. In the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, nearly half of the athletes participating were women(1). As women’s sport continues to bloom, our understanding of how their physiological differences affect injury risk improves. As new research undercovers the specific needs of female athletes, clinicians will need to adapt their management. For example, monitoring athlete menstrual cycles may be helpful to identify which points within the cycle that athletes are at greater risk of injury(2).
Because menstruation is the visible sign of the female reproductive cycle, it’s natural to assume women should take it easy during this time. However, new research calls this thinking into question. Jasmine Marcus explores the topic and suggests that ovulation, not menstruation, may put athletes at a higher injury risk (here).
- https://movethelimit.com/women-in-sport-statistics-2020/; accessed 4/28/2021
- Front Sports Act Living. 2021 Mar 1; 3:616999