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The Female Athlete Podcast is here to shine a light and bring focus to topics around the female body and sport and exercise which have originally gone under the radar. We'll be tackling everything from the menstrual cycle and how it affects every day women to how it impacts on sporting performance- including issues such as contraception, bone health and female physiology. Presented by three curious young women; journalist Lucy Lomax, Dr Georgie Bruinvels and Dr Jess Piasecki, this podcast isn't just for female athletes, it's for women who want to learn more about their bodies. Join us as we attempt to open up the conversation.
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In this special Series 3 FINALE, we look forward to the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics in less than a month. We speak to two current Olympic gold medalists; GB Hockey player Lily Owsley and GB Track Cyclist Elinor Barker, as well as our own Jess Piasecki who has been selected for Team GB in the marathon. We also catch up with our other co-host Dr Georgie Bruinvels about her work with female athletes in the build up to the Games. In our discussions we cover why tracking the menstrual cycle has been a GAME CHANGER for both Lily and Elinor, why you might be less coordinated as you approach your period and why role models are so important to inspire women to get involved in sport, plus how the Olympics and sportswomen in particular can help provide these.*Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatmentA huge thank you to our Title Sponsors for Series 3; Umi Health. Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com.  Want to lean more about pelvic health? Watch the Umi Essentials course for FREE, sign up here or learn with  Umi Plus including incredible resources and courses around pregnancy and postnatal, all for  £4.50 a month, no minimum term, cancel anytime.Thank you to Specialized Bikes for sponsoring this episode.  Specialized is the global leading bike brand aiming to serve all riders of all abilities, helping them to better enjoy every aspect of cycling. Specialized’s innovation has improved riders’ performance, comfort and understanding to enable all riders to go further and faster.  Head to Specialized.com to see how it is helping pedal the planet forward.
In this episode we cover a whole host of topics about the female athlete with Dr Katie Lydon, a Sports Medicine doctor with a particular interest in the menstrual cycle. In our open and honest chat we talk about how women need to be more thoroughly educated on their menstrual cycle and the correct terminology, why it is so important to track our cycles, hormonal contraception and how a withdrawal bleed is not a 'real' period, plus what PMS is and how nutrition can really help with the associated symptoms. *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatmentA huge thank you to our Title Sponsors for Series 3; Umi Health. Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com.  Want to lean more about pelvic health? Watch the Umi Essentials course for FREE, sign up here or learn with  Umi Plus including incredible resources and courses around pregnancy and postnatal, all for  £4.50 a month, no minimum term, cancel anytime.Thank you to Specialized Bikes for sponsoring this episode.  Specialized is the global leading bike brand aiming to serve all riders of all abilities, helping them to better enjoy every aspect of cycling. Specialized’s innovation has improved riders’ performance, comfort and understanding to enable all riders to go further and faster.  Head to Specialized.com to see how it is helping pedal the planet forward.
In this episode we speak to the wonderful people at Umi Health who happen to be our title sponsors for Series 3. Umi is a one-stop hub for all things pelvic health. Whether you have a question about incontinence, painful sex, weeing, pooing, pregnancy or post-natal, Umi is the place for you.In our chat we pick the brains of Helen and Elizabeth from Umi Health to ask, what actually is pelvic health, why is it important, what types of problems do women often report  and why is there stigma around it still? We also learn all about Umi Free and Umi Plus memberships and how the team at Umi is helping women understand and own their pelvic health.*Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatmentFollow Umi Health on InstagramFollow Helen Keeble on Instagram Follow Elizabeth Davies on Instagram Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com.  Want to lean more about pelvic health? Watch the Umi Essentials course for FREE, sign up here or learn with  Umi Plus including incredible resources and courses around pregnancy and postnatal, all for  £4.50 a month, no minimum term, cancel anytime.
In this episode we speak to two experienced female cyclists and Specialized ambassadors ; 2020 Triathlon World Series Champion Georgia Taylor-Brown and SES Racing's track cyclist Yewande Adesida. We chat about all the basics to consider as a female cyclists including saddle sores and how to deal with and avoid them, choosing the best saddle, what their training looks like day to day, how they deal with their menstrual cycles, how they fuel for longer rides and why they believe more women should get into cycling. Georgia Taylor-Brown Instagram:Yewande Adesida Instagram: Specialized Instagram: Nikki Brammeier Instagram:*Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatmentA huge thank you to our Title Sponsors for Series 3; Umi Health. Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com.  Want to lean more about pelvic health? Watch the Umi Essentials course for FREE, sign up here or learn with  Umi Plus including incredible resources and courses around pregnancy and postnatal, all for  £4.50 a month, no minimum term, cancel anytime.Thank you to Specialized Bikes for sponsoring this episode.  Specialized is the global leading bike brand aiming to serve all riders of all abilities, helping them to better enjoy every aspect of cycling. Specialized’s innovation has improved riders’ performance, comfort and understanding to enable all riders to go further and faster.  Head to Specialized.com to see how it is helping pedal the planet forward.
In this episode we speak to Dr Chris Bramah and former GB 800m runner Becky Lyne all about biomechanics and how important understanding our running biomechanics is to reducing injury risk and bettering our performance. We ask Becky about setting up her own GRACEfull Girls running programme, what the programme involves and why she wants to help other runners avoid the injuries which plagued her own career.With Dr Chris Bramah we hear what injuries runners historically suffer from, simple tips for the best running technique, how mixing it up in terms of running surface and different training stimuli is a great idea to stay injury free and ask about the  injuries women runners typically may suffer as opposed to men. We also hear how to build up your running if you're just getting started and why having your running gait analysed is a really good move. Resources:Becky Lyne GRACEfull Running programmeDr Chris Bramah @chrisbramah on Twitter*Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatmentA huge thank you to our Title Sponsors for Series 3; Umi Health. Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com.  Want to lean more about pelvic health? Watch the Umi Essentials course for FREE, sign up here or learn with  Umi Plus including incredible resources and courses around pregnancy and postnatal, all for  £4.50 a month, no minimum term, cancel anytime.
In this episode we speak about the gender data gap and lack of research on women, and the ongoing impact this has had on females in society, emergency medicine and in sport. Our guests today are two experts in this area, Dr Alyson McGregor and Dr Neha Rauker. Dr McGregor, co-founded the Division of Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine at Brown University and is the author of 'Sex Matters: How Male-Centric Medicine Endangers Women’s Health—and What We Can Do About It', while Dr Rauker is the Director of the Division of Sports Medicine within the department of Emergency Medicine at Brown University. In our interview we touch on topics such as why there is a historic gender data gap, why women are more likely to be misdiagnosed, how women can get more out of their visits to the doctor, how concussion is different for women and men and how more data will be able to help us recognise when in a woman's menstrual cycle she may be more at risk of injury. Resources:Sex Matters: How Male-Centric Medicine Endangers Women’s Health—and What We Can Do About ItDr Alyson McGregor on Twitter: @mcgregormdDr Neha Rauker on Twitter: @NehaRaukarMD*Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatmentA huge thank you to our Title Sponsors for Series 3; Umi Health. Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com.  Want to lean more about pelvic health? Watch the Umi Essentials course for FREE, sign up here or learn with  Umi Plus including incredible resources and courses around pregnancy and postnatal, all for  £4.50 a month, no minimum term, cancel anytime.Thank you to BOXD for sponsoring this episode. BOXD is for the active and outgoing women we all hold dear, no matter your health goals! It’s a wellness shake saving you time and simplifying your route to a healthy nutrition through pre-measured, pocket-sized sachets that make preparation anywhere, a breeze. The packaging is 100% recyclable and compostable and both their whey and vegan ranges are GMO-free and contain a unique multi-vitamin blend with up to 24g of protein per sachet.>>>BOXD would like to offer a chance to 3 of our wonderful listeners to get their hands on a free box of their shakes. All you have to do is visit BOXD and sign up to their email list. That’s it! Visit https://boxdhealth.co/about-us/ and sign up to their list. The winners will be chosen within 76 hours of this episodes release. Good luck!
In this episode we speak to Dr Rebecca Robinson about returning to training post illness. We particularly focus on the longer term impacts of contracting Covid and the implications on returning to play. We speak about how to best avoid illness through sleep and nutrition and giving the body the recovery and rest it needs after experiencing illness. We also chat about how best to prepare and tweak your training regime around the vaccine and ask whether exercise is good for the immune system and if so how much? *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatmentA huge thank you to our Title Sponsors for Series 3; Umi Health. Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com.  Want to lean more about pelvic health? Watch the Umi Essentials course for FREE, sign up here or learn with  Umi Plus including incredible resources and courses around pregnancy and postnatal, all for  £4.50 a month, no minimum term, cancel anytime.>>>This episode is sponsored by Run4It. Run4It is an independent retailer whose mission is to inspire people to improve their fitness, health & wellbeing through running. Whether you're looking to start running, return to running, conquer a new distance, or chase a PB, Run4It has lots of gear and advice to help you get more from every step this Spring and Summer!Visit run4it.com to explore the fantastic range of running shoes, clothing and accessories available for road and trail. Use discount code FAPOD15 for 15% off full price running gear online or in-store until 31st July 2021.* VOUCHER LINK: http://bit.ly/r4i-fapod-2021-2 Run4It operates online at run4it.com and has 8 shops across Scotland (currently operating by appointment only due to Covid-19). To book an appointment for +runlab gait analysis and other in-store services visit run4it.com/book*Terms & Conditions: Not valid on GPS watches, gift vouchers or in conjunction with other offers. Valid until 31st July 2021.
In this episode we're extremely excited to speak to CrossFit legend Samantha Briggs. Sam is a nine times CrossFit Games competitor and in 2013 became the world CrossFit champion, claiming the title of ‘Fittest on Earth’. Sam has an interesting story as to how she got into the sport which she discovered whilst working as a fire fighter. In the interview we chat about what CrossFit actually is, the culture and equality of CrossFit, Sam’s training regime, how her menstrual cycle affects her and how she is currently undertaking a new challenge to be named the fittest 40 year old in history, proving that age is no barrier to performance.   We also do a quick fire question round asking about all about her career so far, including her favourite CrossFit Games moment.  Learn more about CrossFitSam Briggs’ InstagramSam Briggs Top 10 Crossfit Athlete - Moments in her careerSam Briggs’ Autobiography: Start Your EnginesA huge thank you to our Title Sponsors for Series 3; Umi Health. Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com.  Want to lean more about pelvic health? Watch the Umi Essentials course for FREE, sign up here or learn with  Umi Plus including incredible resources and courses around pregnancy and postnatal, all for  £4.50 a month, no minimum term, cancel anytime.*Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment
In this episode we speak to a recreational runner, Jenny Tomei about her experience with an eating disorder. Throughout her late teens and early 20's Jenny battled with Anorexia Nervosa, an unsustainable training load and lost her period for an extended period of time. Jenny talks about what triggered her, her personality traits, how she attempted to cope and the consequences of pushing her body too hard, particularly on her gut health. Jenny also speaks about her recovery and why she wants to help others avoid the same pitfalls by setting up her social channels and new website JenUp.We also talk in this episode about why being lighter as an athlete isn't always better, the balance which needs to be struck and the detrimental impact on training and performance if this balance isn't met. A huge thank you to our Title Sponsors for Series 3; Umi Health. Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com.  Want to lean more about pelvic health? Watch the Umi Essentials course for FREE, sign up here or learn with  Umi Plus including incredible resources and courses around pregnancy and postnatal, all for  £4.50 a month, no minimum term, cancel anytime.*Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatmentResources:Jenny's  website Jenup: www.jenup.comhttps://www.jennytomei.comJenny's blog on Female Athlete Podcast websiteInstagram: @askjenupFacebook: @askjenupTikTok: @askjenupArticles:6 Common Types of Eating Disorders (and Their Symptoms)What are eating disorders?
In this episode we focus on strength and strength training and the female athlete with Dr Rich Blagrove. Dr Blagrove is a senior lecturer in strength and conditioning at Loughborough University and has worked within many team and individual sports developing strength and conditioning programmes for female athletes over the years. Rich also has a plethora of publications in strength and strength training.We answer questions such as: What is strength and conditioning?  Is the culture and perception changing to be more female friendly? What is the research in this area in relation to the menstrual cycle? And what further research needs to be done?Rich Blagrove on Twitter: @rich_blagrovePublication: Variations in strength-related measures during the menstrual cycle in eumenorrheic women: A systematic review and meta-analysisBook (March 2021): The Science and Practice of Middle and Long Distance RunningA huge thank you to our Title Sponsors for Series 3; Umi Health. Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com.  Want to lean more about pelvic health? Watch the Umi Essentials course for FREE, sign up here or learn with  Umi Plus including incredible resources and courses around pregnancy and postnatal, all for  £4.50 a month, no minimum term, cancel anytime.Thank you to Specialized Bikes for sponsoring this episode.  Specialized is the global leading bike brand aiming to serve all riders of all abilities, helping them to better enjoy every aspect of cycling. Specialized’s innovation has improved riders’ performance, comfort and understanding to enable all riders to go further and faster.  Head to Specialized.com to see how it is helping pedal the planet forward.
In this episode we speak to distance runner Bobby Clay who has been through a turbulent time in recent years suffering from many of the implications associated with Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport. Bobby rose through the ranks and burst onto the international running scene at a very young age but experienced primary amenorrhea, went on to develop osteoporosis, and was then placed on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Bobby discusses her unrealistic and over-demanding training schedule, the toxic relationship she developed with her body and food due to the culture she was exposed to, and how this led her down a path of injury and isolation.Bobby also chats about how education is key to addressing the problem and why she wants to spread awareness to deter her situation being repeated or experienced by other up and coming young athletes. The Female Athlete Podcast is hosting our first ever webinar around the Menstrual Cycle and Menstrual Dysfunctions LIVE  on Thursday 29th April 2021 at 18:30 BST. Join our co-hosts Georgie and Jess and guests Sarah McDonald and Jess Freemas who will chat about their experiences with endometriosis and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Register for free: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScuKhYUT9eGIqxpjHH-73E3ksALP2O3ZoOmXQGvAdbZwt4dPg/viewform?usp=sf_linkA huge thank you to our Title Sponsors for Series 3; Umi Health. Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com. Want to lean more about pelvic health? Watch the Umi Essentials course for FREE, sign up here or learn with  Umi Plus including incredible resources and courses around pregnancy and postnatal, all for  £4.50 a month, no minimum term, cancel anytime.
In this episode we speak to sport science expert and Physical Performance Manager at the English Football Association (FA), Dawn Scott. Dawn has over 20 years experience in the world of the elite female athlete. Dawn was part of the US Women's Soccer Team who won an Olympic medal and two World Cup trophies.We speak to Dawn about being one of the first sport scientists to work in women's football and how she brought a focus to the menstrual cycle and the training and nutrition protocols around it for athletes. We also chat about how the sport science space has changed over the years since she first started.Dawn is in many ways a trailblazer and a big advocate for encouraging more women into sport roles whether it be through participation, managing, coaching or of course sport science support!A HUGE thank you to our Title Sponsors for Series 3; Umi Health. Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com. Want to lean more about pelvic health? Watch the Umi Essentials course for FREE, sign up here or learn with  Umi Plus including incredible resources and courses around pregnancy and postnatal, all for  £4.50 a month, no minimum term, cancel anytime.
In this episode we speak about harassment and exercising women. The topic has been in the news and media recently for various different reasons and we wanted to open up the conversation around it as best we can.We give our own experiences and speak to different women who share their stories of harassment whilst exercising outdoors. We also invite on elite runner Sarah McDonald who talks about her recent experience, why she took to social media in response and how she was surprised and rewarded by the reaction from other women. We also speak to Dr David Hindley, a researcher in the area of harassment and exercise and get his thoughts on why harassment is so normalised and almost expected in today's society and culture, how women may change their behaviour to reduce the risk of harassment and how we might be able to tackle the problem. A huge thank you to our Title Sponsors for Series 3; Umi Health. Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com.Resources:Sarah McDonald's tweet: https://twitter.com/SarahAMcDonald/status/1364651322159624194?s=20Dr Dave Hindley Twitter: @drdavehindleyEveryday Sexism Twitter: @EverydaySexismEveryday Sexism website: https://everydaysexism.com   Running safety - British Athletics updated advice for runners as well as guidance for non-runners: https://www.uka.org.uk/news/news-and-features/uk-athletics-and-hcafs-publish-updated-safety-advice-for-runners-and-guidance-for-non-runners/  
In this week's episode we speak to Dr Kate Ackerman about Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S).Dr Ackerman is a world leading physician and Medical Director of the female athlete programme at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she is leading the way in healthcare for female athletes. Dr Ackerman has also published a vast number of research papers including on Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport and the Female Athlete Triad.In our interview we cover, what is RED-S, how it is different to the Female Athlete Triad, what is low energy availability, what's the impact of having low energy availability in athletes, what are the long term implications of RED-S, how do you screen for it and what do we need to do to increase awareness of the condition?A huge thank you to our Title Sponsors for Series 3; Umi Health. Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com.Dr Kate Ackerman: https://www.childrenshospital.org/directory/physicians/a/kathryn-ackermanDr Kate Ackerman on Twitter: @DrKateAckermanSign up to the Female Athlete Conference: https://www.femaleathleteconference.comRED-S info: https://www.childrenshospital.org/centers-and-services/programs/f-_-n/female-athlete-program
We're delighted to kick off our third season by speaking to Dr Emma Ross. Emma is such a passionate advocate of spreading the messages all women should know about their bodies-spanning across all age groups and levels of ability from participation to elite and how knowing this information is a 'right' not a 'privilege'.Emma is one third of The Well HQ and we talk about her journey from academia to applied work in the Olympic and Paralympic system to now and why she decided to set up the consultancy business. The Well HQ is centred around treating female athletes as females, how they can use different factors around their physiology to their advantage and how we can change the culture to see knowledge as power and a tool to improve performance.We also chat about why teenagers can get a hard time during puberty and why it's vitally important to start education early and spread positive and empowering messages about being a woman and sport and exercise.Emma Ross on Twitter: @ezrossThe Well HQ on Twitter: @thewellhqA huge thank you to our Title Sponsors for Series 3; Umi Health. Umi  is your go to, one-stop-hub for all things pelvic health, come join the revolution at umi-health.com.
*SEASON 2 FINALE & Christmas Special!* We did it!As we approach the end of 2020 we wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has downloaded and listened to our podcast over the past ten months- we couldn’t have done it without you and we hope we have provided some joy, whilst informing and inspiring you with our episodes throughout what has been a distinctly difficult year.In our final episode of Series 2, we speak to Dr Ali Bowes, a researcher and lecturer in Sport and Sociology at Nottingham Trent University and a former Physical Education (PE) teacher.In the interview, Ali recalls her time as a PE teacher, coaching 15 year-old girls and the challenges she faced. We also talk about why PE is not the answer to solving the high dropout rates among young girls within sport and physical activity and discuss why accessibility is such a big issue when it comes to young girls discovering a sport they love.We discuss the research looking into the effect of Covid on elite sportswomen conducted by Dr Ali Bowes herself and co-hosts Dr Jess Piasecki and Lucy Lomax over the summer of 2020. We also speak to Jo Wimble-Groves & Caroline Kings, co-founders of ‘We are Girls in Sport’ to ask about their initiative which provides young girls with role models and spreads awareness of less mainstream activities.Resources:The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on elite sportswomen research paper:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23750472.2020.1825988We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic.Visit https://prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off. This episode was kindly sponsored by Limitless Bra. The Limitless Bra was designed for growing bodies, to give girls the support, comfort and confidence to enjoy being active. Please see https://limitlessbra.com for more information.We Are Girls in Sport: https://www.wearegirlsinsport.comMintridge Foundation: https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment
In this BONUS episode we speak to ultra runner, mother of three and Women in Sport board member Sophie Power.Sophie's life changed when a photograph of her breastfeeding her three-month-old son whilst running the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) went viral. Without being able to defer her place despite being pregnant, Sophie decided to attempt the 106-mile race three months postpartum. Sophie explains the story behind the photograph, why it made such an impression on her and other people around the world and how she has been inspired to empower other women (especially mothers) to pursue their goals no matter what they want to achieve.In the interview we also talk about pelvic health, why it's important to keep pregnant women active, how to get more girls involved in sport and how Sophie (the second slowest at school) became an accomplished ultra runner.Resources:Sophie Power's Instagram: @ultra_sophieSophie Power's website: https://www.sophiepower.com/blogTelegraph Women's Sport article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/womens-sport/2019/10/17/sophie-power-story-behind-viral-picture-breastfeeding-son-ultra/BBC News article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-45560184We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat.  Visit wwww.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.If you like what we do and you'd like to support our cause please consider becoming a Patron. Head to www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast for more information. Got a question about the female body? We'd love to hear from you! Please contact us directly on Instagram @femaleathletepod or via our email address femaleathletepodcast@gmail.com*Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment
In this episode we speak to Scotland Women's captain Rachel Malcolm around her experiences with concussion. Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury and in a contact sport like rugby union, data collected over the past few seasons has found concussion is one of the most common injuries.In the interview Rachel talks about how rugby union has adjusted its laws to reduce the risk of getting concussed during a game and introduced the Head Injury Assessment (HIA) to enable medical staff to recognise and remove a player from the field of play if they are suspected to have a concussion. However, the HIA isn't used in the women's club game.Rachel talks us through how she was concussed, the symptoms she experienced and the process she went through to recover, how it affected her life and ability to work, and her return to rugby which in total took her out of the game for six month- a period which she describes were the worst of her life.  In 'Question Time' this week Georgie and Jess answer a question about how best to warm up and cool down after a run.Resourceshttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/concussion/Telegraph Women's Sport Special Report into concussion:https://www.telegraph.co.uk/womens-sport/2019/11/22/special-report-damaging-effects-concussion-sportswomen/Concussion can kill: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/womens-sport/2020/11/27/concussion-can-kill-worst-thing-can-happento-parent/We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat.  Visit wwww.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.If you like what we do and you'd like to support our cause please consider becoming a Patron. Head to www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast for more information. Got a question about the female body? We'd love to hear from you! Please contact us directly on Instagram @femaleathletepod or via our email address femaleathletepodcast@gmail.com*Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment
In this BONUS episode we speak to Professor Sandra Hunter of Marquette University of Wisconsin. Professor Hunter is an expert in sex and age differences in muscle fatigability and endurance performance as well as the impact of stress on neuromuscular function and muscle fatigue. In the interview we speak in detail with Professor Hunter about the research she has done with female participants around fatigue and chat about other studies looking into the physiological differences between men and women and endurance performance, including marathon running.We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat.  Visit wwww.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.If you like what we do and you'd like to support our cause please consider becoming a Patron. Head to www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast for more information. Got a question about the female body? We'd love to hear from you! Please contact us directly on Instagram @femaleathletepod or via our email address femaleathletepodcast@gmail.com*Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment
In this special episode we speak about an important topic: Mental Health and sport. The stats from Mind charity say that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England- so we know it’s an important topic to discuss. We are lucky enough to have three women on this episode who are all female athletes as well as being amazing people! Elinor Snowsill, Amber Stobbs and Rachael Vanderwal are all ambassadors of the Women's Sports Alliance and we speak to them openly and honestly about a range of issues to do with mental health varying from the culture of women's sports where you're not encouraged to show weakness, how injuries can cause periods of grief and isolation and how retiring from your sport can have negative effects on the mental health of athletes. Amber Stobbs opens up about her mental health journey, which saw her suffer alone for years with anxiety and panic attacks to now being able to share her story openly and with courage in order to help others going through similar experiences.We also touch upon social media- the positive and negative sides of it- including the abuse sports women can get and how this can impact mentally, plus how the menstrual cycle may also cause certain negative emotions throughout different phases or as Elinor likes to call them: "end of the world days."  Our guests finish with their own take home messages for listeners around keeping in check with your mental health and seeking help if you need it, especially during what has been such a testing year in 2020.*We’d like to say a big thank you to the Women’s Sports Alliance for helping with today’s episode.  The WSA is an exclusive membership club, aiming to aims to protect, support and provide enhancement opportunities for their members within the women’s sport industry. WSA: https://the-wsa.co.ukWSA ambassadors: https://the-wsa.co.uk/thewsa/Resources:Amber Stobbs story: https://www.cpfc.co.uk/news/2020/may/palace-womens-amber-stobbs-mental-health-awareness-week-story/ We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat.  Visit wwww.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.This episode was kindly sponsored by Limitless Bra. The Limitless Bra was designed for growing bodies, to give girls the support, comfort and confidence to enjoy being active. The only sports bra aimed at teenagers, it offers up to 4 inches of adjustment using a patented T-system and is comfortable and discreet.  Please see www.limitlessbra.com for more information.If you like what we do and you'd like to support our cause please consider becoming a Patron. Head to www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast for more info- our thanks to Becs Sandwith for becoming a Patron this week.Got a question about the female body? We'd love to hear from you! Please contact us directly on Instagram @femaleathletepod or via our email address femaleathletepodcast@gmail.com*Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment
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