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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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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It seems to be the norm for a parent to sign her daughter up to play club soccer, engage in specific speed and agility sessions, and weekend long showcases far before considering signing up for strength training.

Unfortunately this practice is leading to an ever increasing rate of sport injuries occurring in young female athletes-injuries that have been cited to be reduced by HALF when athletes are introduced to strength training.

In fact, sport scientists cite strength training as a NECESSARY precursor for females to PREPARE their young body for the forces faced on the field or court.

So why aren’t more parents and coaches pushing for it PRIOR to competitive sport play?

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The Player Development Pyramid

Do you want to become the BEST female athlete you can be?⁣⠀⁣⠀Then its time to understand how to prioritize developing your ATHLETICISM over your specific sport skills.

Think of your abilities as a (enter your sport here) player as the peak of a pyramid ⁣ the height of your skills are dependent on the qualities they are built on!

If you want to learn how to develop your athleticism, this one is a MUST READ!

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