We use cookies to give you the best experience and to help improve our website. By using our website you are accepting our cookies.  Learn More

UK Coaching Team
51
Females Rapport Building and Communicating

Menstruation Shorts: Coaching and the Menstrual Cycle

In the second of five resources, the Welsh Institute of Performance Science’s Natalie Brown shares three types of coach behaviours in relation to the menstrual cycle that have been identified by participants and that she has experienced as a practitioner

Managing irregular or absent periods is important for female health and performance. To empower your female participants to do this, pay attention to the conversations you have on the topic, and ensure that your participants know that they have your support.

In this video, Natalie Brown explains the three most common approaches:

  • avoidance
  • confrontation
  • support.

Out of those three, aiming to be supportive is the best approach to take.

To support your female participants, try:

  • initiating coach-athlete conversations about the menstrual cycle
  • securing parent involvement where required, ensuring that they are aware of the importance of talking about the menstrual cycle and that they are aware of the hallmarks of a regular cycle
  • initiating coach-to-coach conversations to help support one another, learn about the menstrual cycle, and share positive experiences of how to approach the topic and incorporate it within training.

Reflect

What type of coach are you?

After listening to Natalie, what will you do to enhance your support for your participants?

 

Menstruation Shorts

This is the second of five videos on the menstrual cycle with Natalie Brown

WATCH THE OTHER VIDEOS

Related Resources

  • Coaching Female Participants

    View
  • The Menstrual Cycle: Female Athletes' Experiences and Perceptions

    View
  • Menstrual Cycles and Participation

    View

Unlock the secrets of #greatcoaching

 

Join our exclusive UK Coaching Club to enjoy 12-months unlimited access to industry-leading resources, member-benefits and offers that will help you transform your coaching.

Like this resource? We'd love you to share a link to it.

Want to reproduce this resource, or part of it, elsewhere? Please do the right thing and make a permissions request so we can licence its proper use.

UK Coaching Team