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Coaching Female Athletes to Benefit Female Athletes: The Menstrual Cycle

The fourth of five resources to support coaches and strength and conditioning practitioners to optimise female participants' health and well-being and athletic performance, developed with Lizzy Butler-Clack

The insight and support available to strength and conditioning coaches on how to adapt training to minimise the potential effects of menstruation on performance or to maximise physiological adaptation is currently minimal. This is attributed to two factors: the under-representation of female athletes in sport science and medicine research, and that we haven’t yet consistently established an environment that allows for the discussion of the menstrual cycle within physical activity and sport.

Over 75% of women in sport having reported their Menstrual Cycle has a negative impact on performance, training and exercise in general."

Martin, Sale, Cooper & Elliott-Sale, 2018


How open is your coaching environment?

Have your participants spoken to you about their menstrual cycle? Would they?


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