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Females Safety and Welfare

Menstruation Shorts: What is Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport?

In the third of five resources, the Welsh Institute of Performance Science’s Natalie Brown discusses relative energy deficiency and the impact that this may have on female participants

Irregular or absent periods can be a sign of relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S), in which energy intake is not balanced with energy use for daily activities and training.

As a regular menstrual cycle is important for health and performance, irregular or absent periods are a sign that energy is imbalanced.

In this video, Natalie Brown discusses RED-S and its impact on performance.

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