Balancing Sports Training & Recovery
Do Female Athletes get ACL injuries because of their ANATOMY?
As sports seasons commence and homework loads start to pile, female athletes are placed under massive amounts of stress.
Although some of the stressors are out of her control, there are 3 main factors she can manage that DIRECTLY influence how well she performs, recovers, and improves this season.
Read on to find out:
Pasta Parties and Carb Loading
ACL tears are all too common of a trend in female athletes, especially the adolescent population. But are females more “susceptible” because of their anatomy?
Or is there much more to the story we need to consider….
This article helps explain the current science explaining the relationship between the “female” anatomy, knee valgus, training modalities, and ACL injuries.
Vegan Athletes: How do you stack up – PROTEIN EDITION.
Just the idea of “carb loading” sounds too good to be true, right?!
Team “pasta parties” are often the norm before games in high school and college.
So, can a big bowl of pasta the night before a big game really increase your performance—or is there a little more to it?
Let’s take a look at what the evidence says!
NCAA and Body Shaming Regulations
“Vegans can’t be as good as non-vegans in sports.”
Is this true? And, more importantly, WHY do people make this claim?
To answer these questions, we must figure out what exactly ‘being a vegan’ entails and how protein consumption is very likely your limiting factor.
If you are a vegan athlete, this article is a MUST to understand how to ensure you are eating enough of the RIGHT type of protein you need to excel on the field or court.
Female Athletes & Their Menstrual Cycles
This article brings to light the frequency of body shaming in collegiate female sports and the duty of the NCAA to help regulate its occurrence and deter its long term disastrous effects on athletes.
This guest post is from one of our Relentless Athletes, Callie Smith
Eating Vegan for the Female Athlete
Female athletes everywhere know their period will affect how they feel, and how they feel will affect how they perform. Although skipping a few periods or missing a period all together could seem attractive for a female who feels like crap on her period, a missing period or dysfunctional cycle is a HUGE warning sign that cannot be ignored.
This article helps explain the science behind the importance of a female athlete’s period in helping her perform and recovery and why a female athlete may be missing her period. Read on!
Should you rest when you are injured?
Many athletes choose to follow a vegan diet for various reasons - this article does not intend to help you decide if being a vegan is right for you.
Rather, this article does intend to help you understand what you need to prioritize in order to be a high achieving (and recovering) female athlete.
Is All Protein Created Equal?
Whether it be an ankle sprain, hamstring strain, shoulder injury, low back pain... at some point, we’ve been told to take some time off- to REST.
If your athlete is injured, this article is a MUST to understand what to do to so you can DECREASE her time to return to sport and DECREASE the chances of her getting injured again!
To Play Multiple Sports or to Specialize?: The Dilemma Faced by Female Athletes
Protein is a necessary building block that helps your muscles produce force to propel your sprint up and down the field or court. But does your 8g of protein in your peanut butter & banana sandwich work the same as the 10g of protein from turkey lunch meat? What about the protein in your cheese stick versus your protein pasta?
Does protein type matter if you are an athlete vs not? Find out!
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!
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!