To Play Multiple Sports or to Specialize?: The Dilemma Faced by Female Athletes

Sport specialization vs multi-sport athletes is a hot topic when considering athlete development.  When considering female athletes it is even hotter. And for good reason….

With knee injuries in female athletes occurring upwards of 2 to 5x the rate compared to male athletes in some sports, the relationship between sport specialization, sports success, and sports injuries is a conversation we NEED to have.

Although the topic is hot, the answer to the question: “should females athletes play multiple sports or specialize early?” is not so cut and dry...

Read on to find out why


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Emily Pappas
The science behind DETOX or JUICING DIETS

Summer is here! That means vacations, eating out, and lots of ice cream. When you fall off your normal eating habits, many female athletes may consider a detox diet or a juice cleanse to help eliminate those vacation “toxins” and lose a couple LBs.

But what is the actual science behind this? Are detox diets & juice cleanses a good idea for female athletes?

Read on…..

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Emily Pappas
Mental Toughness And Female Athletes

Mental toughness seems to be a buzz word among sport coaches with methods ranging from extra running and ‘team bonding activities to limited water breaks and getting sick after a bout of hard sprints.

Find out which methods are causing more harm than good and what parents, coaches, & fellow athletes can do instead to help maintain a positive & motivational atmosphere that is crucial for female athletic development.

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SUGAR: are you addicted?

SUGAR FREE and LOW SUGAR are often associated positively with health. In fact, sugar has been demonized as a type of addiction to which people can have.

If you want to learn what a “sugar addiction” is really telling you about your eating habits, check out this one!

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Birth Control to the Rescue? How Oral Contraceptives REALLY Impact An Athlete

Studies show female athletes are more likely to experience menstrual irregularities than their non athlete counterparts. Previously, oral contraceptives were prescribed to aid in period regulation & assist in bone development.

Today, more and more evidence suggests oral contraceptives are at best a bandaid for the cause of missing periods, and at worse, detrimental to female athlete bone development.

Find out the most likely cause for menstrual irregularities and the role oral contraceptives play in treating this issue…

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THE PARADOX of FEMALE and ATHLETE.

Before the 1980s, female athletes experienced restrictions in sport ranging from not being allowed to ride a horse during her period, to limiting the number of dribbles taken on the basketball court to keep her from from overexerting herself.

Although rules have changed, the association between females & fragility still exists and often creates a frustrating world for the female athlete to excel in.

Find out the history of women in sport, the influence of media, and why the misguided fear of “bulkiness” & lifting heavy still exists.

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The Truth About Core Stability

From bosu balls to 3 minute planks, coaches everywhere try to implement “core training” into their sports practice. A stable core helps athletes transfer force more efficiently allowing for harder kicks, faster sprints, higher jumps, and a more resilient athlete.

But here’s the thing, research shows us core stability and core training in isolation often have little to no transfer to sports performance.

Keep reading to find out the most effective way female athletes can develop core stability.

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What is REDs? The Danger of Energy Deficiency in Female Athletes

In the 1990s, the female athlete triad helped identify a relationship between low body fat, irregular periods, & low bone density

In 2018, relative energy deficiency syndrome helped identify the cause of relationship and what we can do about it.

Irregular or missing periods could be a HUGE warming sign and if not addressed, resulting in serious problems to long term health.

If your athlete experiences menstrual issues, this article is a must:

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