Time to step up the research in female athlete physiology
June 7, 2016
The ORRECO expert science network is campaigning for change, as illustrated by an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine . The editorial cites research showing a gap between the quantity of research being done with male and female athletes and highlights the parallel issues in the pharmaceutical industry where the number 1 reason for a drug to be recalled is a poor outcome in females because the initial studies did not account for sex differences in response to the drug.
Bodyform’s red.fit hub (featuring ORRECO’s Georgie Buinvels; ) provides resources to help athletes understand how the menstrual cycle may be affecting their training, diet and sports performance, however it is acknowledged that this is based on scant scientific research: ‘It’s about getting people talking about this issue, and ending the taboo of the menstrual cycle in sport. Hopefully this will raise the quality and quantity of research in female athletes’ says Georgie.
Occasionally we see a high profile athlete blaming their period for a poor performance. Surely our superstar athletes and those aspiring to be deserve better.
For ORRECO’s contribution to the literature see our Publications and Blog page.
- Bruinvels, G., et al., Sport, exercise and the menstrual cycle: where is the research? British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2016: p. bjsports-2016-096279.
- Bodyform, Red.Fit Bleed. 2016. http://www.bodyform.co.uk/bodyform-initiatives/redfit/bleed/