To Play Multiple Sports or to Specialize?: The Dilemma Faced by Female Athletes
The science behind DETOX or JUICING DIETS
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
Overhead Athletes & Shoulder Injuries
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?
Muscle Soreness & Sports Performance: Should you lift weights before a game?
Female overhead athletes are more likely to suffer a nagging shoulder pain or more severe injury at some point in her career. Find out how to differentiate between “HURT” and “INJURED” and what athletes can do to reduce their chance of future shoulder injuries….
Mental Toughness And Female Athletes
Muscle soreness CAN lead to a decrease in power output! But is lifting weights the reason you are sore?
Or is there something “novel” we have to consider?
Do Female Athletes Get ACL Injuries Because Of Hormones?
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.
What's the best way to boost your metabolism?
Research demonstrates females are 3-6x more likely to experience an ACL injury compared to male athletes…..but are our hormones to blame?
Are female’s innately more fragile? Or is there much more to the story we need to consider….
Should I use Kinesio ® Tape?
Does eating smaller meals throughout your day actually help speed up your metabolism? Does it really matter?
If you want to know what the science says when it comes to “boosting” your metabolism, keep reading…
Girl, You Need to TRAIN. Why “Working Out” Doesn’t Work for Female Athletes.
KT tape seems to be all the rage with athletes….but what does the science say?
Does KT tape help injuries heal faster? Can it make you feel better? Or is it just a waste of money…..?
SUGAR: are you addicted?
Exercises that “work on” something and exercises that are designed within a training program will have vastly different results when considering female athletic development.
Learn how a training program differs from workouts, and how to approach programming for female athletes.
The Ultimate Guide to Female Athletes and SHIN SPLINTS
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!
Are Genetically Modified Foods Bad for you?
Every year when pre-season comes around, females often suffer from shin splints.
Find out what shin splints actually are, why the female athlete gets them, and what she can do to reduce her chance of experiencing them next season!
Birth Control to the Rescue? How Oral Contraceptives REALLY Impact An Athlete
GMO’s sound scary….but are they really something to fear?
Find out the scientific FACTS when it comes to genetically modified foods and if they fit in the female athlete’s diet!
The Truth about GLUTES and GLUTE ACTIVATION
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…
THE PARADOX of FEMALE and ATHLETE.
Glute activation is a ‘buzz word’ especially when considering the female athlete
From monster walks to clamshells, find out the science behind what these movements actually do and a more efficient alternative when it comes to preparing for sport!
The Truth About Core Stability
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.
Supplements in Five Minutes
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.
How to stay fueled DURING your game
Supplements are intended to SUPPLEMENT a female athlete’s diet.
But which supplements can actually help her perform? And which supplements are just a waste of money…..?
What is REDs? The Danger of Energy Deficiency in Female Athletes
For games or sport training lasting over an hour, lack of proper fueling will UNDOUBTEDLY result in poor performance.
Learn why intra-training shakes are necessary for sustained high performance….and why shying away from your protein shake is going to limit your ability to play
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: