Episodes

  • *SEASON 2 FINALE & Christmas Special!* We did it!

    As we approach the end of 2020 we wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has downloaded and listened to our podcast over the past ten months- we couldn’t have done it without you and we hope we have provided some joy, whilst informing and inspiring you with our episodes throughout what has been a distinctly difficult year.

    In our final episode of Series 2, we speak to Dr Ali Bowes, a researcher and lecturer in Sport and Sociology at Nottingham Trent University and a former Physical Education (PE) teacher.

    In the interview, Ali recalls her time as a PE teacher, coaching 15 year-old girls and the challenges she faced. We also talk about why PE is not the answer to solving the high dropout rates among young girls within sport and physical activity and discuss why accessibility is such a big issue when it comes to young girls discovering a sport they love.

    We discuss the research looking into the effect of Covid on elite sportswomen conducted by Dr Ali Bowes herself and co-hosts Dr Jess Piasecki and Lucy Lomax over the summer of 2020. 

    We also speak to Jo Wimble-Groves & Caroline Kings, co-founders of ‘We are Girls in Sport’ to ask about their initiative which provides young girls with role models and spreads awareness of less mainstream activities.

    Resources:

    The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on elite sportswomen research paper:
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23750472.2020.1825988

    We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic.
    Visit https://prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.

    This episode was kindly sponsored by Limitless Bra. The Limitless Bra was designed for growing bodies, to give girls the support, comfort and confidence to enjoy being active. Please see https://limitlessbra.com for more information.

    We Are Girls in Sport: https://www.wearegirlsinsport.com

    Mintridge Foundation: https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk 

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

  • In this BONUS episode we speak to ultra runner, mother of three and Women in Sport board member Sophie Power.

    Sophie's life changed when a photograph of her breastfeeding her three-month-old son whilst running the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) went viral. Without being able to defer her place despite being pregnant, Sophie decided to attempt the 106-mile race three months postpartum. 

    Sophie explains the story behind the photograph, why it made such an impression on her and other people around the world and how she has been inspired to empower other women (especially mothers) to pursue their goals no matter what they want to achieve.

    In the interview we also talk about pelvic health, why it's important to keep pregnant women active, how to get more girls involved in sport and how Sophie (the second slowest at school) became an accomplished ultra runner.

    Resources:
    Sophie Power's Instagram: @ultra_sophie
    Sophie Power's website: https://www.sophiepower.com/blog

    Telegraph Women's Sport article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/womens-sport/2019/10/17/sophie-power-story-behind-viral-picture-breastfeeding-son-ultra/

    BBC News article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-45560184

    We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat.  Visit wwww.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.

    If you like what we do and you'd like to support our cause please consider becoming a Patron. Head to www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast for more information. 

    Got a question about the female body? We'd love to hear from you! Please contact us directly on Instagram @femaleathletepod or via our email address femaleathletepodcast@gmail.com

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

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  • In this episode we speak to Scotland Women's captain Rachel Malcolm around her experiences with concussion. 

    Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury and in a contact sport like rugby union, data collected over the past few seasons has found concussion is one of the most common injuries.

    In the interview Rachel talks about how rugby union has adjusted its laws to reduce the risk of getting concussed during a game and introduced the Head Injury Assessment (HIA) to enable medical staff to recognise and remove a player from the field of play if they are suspected to have a concussion. However, the HIA isn't used in the women's club game.

    Rachel talks us through how she was concussed, the symptoms she experienced and the process she went through to recover, how it affected her life and ability to work, and her return to rugby which in total took her out of the game for six month- a period which she describes were the worst of her life.  

    In 'Question Time' this week Georgie and Jess answer a question about how best to warm up and cool down after a run.

    Resources
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/concussion/
    Telegraph Women's Sport Special Report into concussion:
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/womens-sport/2019/11/22/special-report-damaging-effects-concussion-sportswomen/
    Concussion can kill: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/womens-sport/2020/11/27/concussion-can-kill-worst-thing-can-happento-parent/

    We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat.  Visit wwww.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.

    If you like what we do and you'd like to support our cause please consider becoming a Patron. Head to www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast for more information. 

    Got a question about the female body? We'd love to hear from you! Please contact us directly on Instagram @femaleathletepod or via our email address femaleathletepodcast@gmail.com

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

  • In this BONUS episode we speak to Professor Sandra Hunter of Marquette University of Wisconsin. Professor Hunter is an expert in sex and age differences in muscle fatigability and endurance performance as well as the impact of stress on neuromuscular function and muscle fatigue. 

    In the interview we speak in detail with Professor Hunter about the research she has done with female participants around fatigue and chat about other studies looking into the physiological differences between men and women and endurance performance, including marathon running.

    We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat.  Visit wwww.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.

    If you like what we do and you'd like to support our cause please consider becoming a Patron. Head to www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast for more information. 

    Got a question about the female body? We'd love to hear from you! Please contact us directly on Instagram @femaleathletepod or via our email address femaleathletepodcast@gmail.com

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

  • In this special episode we speak about an important topic: Mental Health and sport. The stats from Mind charity say that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England- so we know it’s an important topic to discuss.

    We are lucky enough to have three women on this episode who are all female athletes as well as being amazing people! Elinor Snowsill, Amber Stobbs and Rachael Vanderwal are all ambassadors of the Women's Sports Alliance and we speak to them openly and honestly about a range of issues to do with mental health varying from the culture of women's sports where you're not encouraged to show weakness, how injuries can cause periods of grief and isolation and how retiring from your sport can have negative effects on the mental health of athletes.

    Amber Stobbs opens up about her mental health journey, which saw her suffer alone for years with anxiety and panic attacks to now being able to share her story openly and with courage in order to help others going through similar experiences.

    We also touch upon social media- the positive and negative sides of it- including the abuse sports women can get and how this can impact mentally, plus how the menstrual cycle may also cause certain negative emotions throughout different phases or as Elinor likes to call them: "end of the world days." 

    Our guests finish with their own take home messages for listeners around keeping in check with your mental health and seeking help if you need it, especially during what has been such a testing year in 2020.

    *We’d like to say a big thank you to the Women’s Sports Alliance for helping with today’s episode.  The WSA is an exclusive membership club, aiming to aims to protect, support and provide enhancement opportunities for their members within the women’s sport industry.
    WSA: https://the-wsa.co.uk
    WSA ambassadors: https://the-wsa.co.uk/thewsa/

    Resources:
    Amber Stobbs story: https://www.cpfc.co.uk/news/2020/may/palace-womens-amber-stobbs-mental-health-awareness-week-story/ 

    We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat.  Visit wwww.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.

    This episode was kindly sponsored by Limitless Bra. The Limitless Bra was designed for growing bodies, to give girls the support, comfort and confidence to enjoy being active. The only sports bra aimed at teenagers, it offers up to 4 inches of adjustment using a patented T-system and is comfortable and discreet.  Please see www.limitlessbra.com for more information.

    If you like what we do and you'd like to support our cause please consider becoming a Patron. Head to www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast for more info- our thanks to Becs Sandwith for becoming a Patron this week.

    Got a question about the female body? We'd love to hear from you! Please contact us directly on Instagram @femaleathletepod or via our email address femaleathletepodcast@gmail.com

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

  • In this episode we speak to middle-distance runner and double Olympian Eilish McColgan and her mother, coach and former athlete (and Olympic silver medalist) Liz McColgan. 

    We chat about Liz's role in coaching her oldest daughter Eilish, how they manage their long-distance relationship as mum and daughter and coach and athlete and how Liz got into the male-dominated world of sports coaching. 

    Liz talks about how she feels around the lack of females in coaching roles and how women could be provided with more support and mentorship to try and address the problem and help women attain roles higher up in the sport of athletics. 

    We also get an insight into Eilish's training over the past 12 months and around the problems she has experienced with her menstrual cycle. Liz explains how she tracks Eilish's cycle and symptoms and details how they adapt training around this, with Liz encouraging other coaches to be open about the topic and to do the same.  

    This is a great episode for anyone interested in coaching or anyone who wants to open up communication with their athletes around their menstrual cycle .

    Resources:
    Eilish McColgan on Instagram: @eilishmccolgan
    Liz McColgan on Instagram: @lizmccolgan

    If you like what we do and you'd like to support our cause please consider becoming a Patron. Head to www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast for more info- our thanks to Becs Sandwith for becoming a Patron this week.

    We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat.  Visit wwww.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.

    This episode was kindly sponsored by Limitless Bra. The Limitless Bra was designed for growing bodies, to give girls the support, comfort and confidence to enjoy being active. The only sports bra aimed at teenagers, it offers up to 4 inches of adjustment using a patented T-system and is comfortable and discreet.  
    Please see www.limitlessbra.com for more information.

    Got a question about the female body? We'd love to hear from you! Please contact us directly on Instagram @femaleathletepod or via our email address femaleathletepodcast@gmail.com

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

  • In this episode we speak about all things Recovery with a world leading expert in all aspects of sleep, recovery strategies and travel, Dr Shona Halson. 

    Shona is an Associate Professor in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University. Prior to this she was a senior physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport for 15 years, working both as a researcher and an applied scientist.

     In the interview we cover why recovery is important and why the topic has only gained attention in the research world in recent years. We talk in depth about sleep, top tips for a good nights' sleep, the trade off between sleep quality and quantity and why we might be waking up multiple times in the night (and how stress and anxiety plays a huge role in this).

    We talk about other recovery strategies such as compression, cold water immersion and the science behind them, the effects of the menstrual cycle and temperature on sleep, best practice when it comes to travel and how best to wind down and recover at the end of a busy day or after a late training session. We also touch on how best to prepare and deal with jet lag when travelling.

    Resources:
    Shona on Twitter: @ShonaHalson

    This episode was kindly sponsored by Run4It. Run4It is an independent retailer whose mission is to inspire people to improve their fitness, health & wellbeing through running. Run4It operates online at run4it.com and has 8 shops across Scotland.

     This season, Run4It is celebrating all the great gifts that running can give us – from the people it brings into our life, to the places it takes us, to the lessons it teaches us – with their 'The Gift of Running' campaign. 

     Visit run4it.com/gifts to find out more and view the fantastic range of running clothing, shoes and accessories available. Use discount code FAPOD15 for 15% off full price running gear until 31 Jan 2021.*

    Voucher code: https://bit.ly/fapod1120

    *Terms & Conditions: Not valid on GPS watches, gift vouchers or in conjunction with other offers. 

    We'd like to thank our title sponsor for this series, Pretty Athletic.
    Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women. Head to www.prettyathletic.com and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.

    Do you have a question you'd like to ask us about the female body for our 'Question Time' section? Contact us via our Instagram channel @femaleathletepod or email us at femaleathletepodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

  • In this episode, we’re focussing on a BIG area when it comes to performance, recovery, training and  general wellbeing- it’s Nutrition. Today, we have a great guest joining us who is a Performance Nutritionist and an international rugby player for Ireland- Lauren Delany.

    Lauren has worked with some of the world's best athletes in her career and was the nutritionist for British Cycling for over 5 years. She also made her international debut for Ireland 15s back in 2018 and has recently started a PhD in Nutrition and Behaviour Change.

    We chat about how a nutritionist works day-to-day with athletes in terms of a 'performance-backwards' approach, and how she applies the principles of performance nutrition to help her athletes get the best out of their training and ultimately performance at competition.

    We also ask her thoughts on menstrual cycle symptoms and the impact nutrition can have and ask if the research is there yet to back up phase-based nutrition practices, plus why we get cravings in certain phases and how to avoid them. 

    We also talk about behaviour change and how behaviour change techniques could influence the decisions we make as humans specifically when it comes to nutrition and diet. 

    Georgie and Jess also give their practical advice around how to help with menstrual symptoms such as eating anti-inflammatory foods and avoiding those foods which are pro-inflammatory, examples of which are included at the end of the episode. 
    It’s a varied, interesting chat and we hope you enjoy it!

    In 'Question Time' this week we answer a question around whether having an early hysterectomy can have a knock on effect on menopause symptoms.

    Resources:
    Lauren on Twitter: @LaurenVeronaD

    If you like what we do and you'd like to support our cause please consider becoming a Patron. Head to www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast for more info.

    We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat.  

    Visit www.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

  • In this BONUS episode we speak to Caroline MacManus, a woman with over 20 years experience working in high performance sport. Caroline is currently a Physiologist and Senior Performance Scientist at High Performance Sport New Zealand, working with their elite rowing teams.

    In the interview we talk about working in a male dominated environment, building trust and relationships with athletes and coaches and advice she would give to aspiring practitioners looking to go down a similar route. We also touch on sport science elements specific to the female athletes she works with, such as the menstrual cycle, menstrual cycle education and athletes returning from pregnancy mid-career.

    We cover Caroline's own journey to where she is today, why the menstrual cycle can be an awkward topic to approach and why male practitioners play an equally important role in breaking down the taboo as female ones. 

    Caroline on Twitter: @carolinemacmanu
    High Performance Sport New Zealand Twitter: @HPSportNZ
    High Performance Sport New Zealand careers: https://careers.hpsnz.org.nz/home

    If you like what we do and you'd like to support our cause please consider becoming a Patron. Head to www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast for more info.

    We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat.  Visit www.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

  • In this episode we speak to Dr Nicole Surdyka,  a Physical Therapist, Performance Coach, and Soccer Trainer who specialises in the rehabilitation and risk reduction of football injuries. 

    Nicole started her own business after becoming disheartened when she saw research wasn't being translated into practice when working for private PT clinics across America.

    We speak about the common injuries she sees every day and why there are so many ACL injuries in women's sport. We chat about best practice when it comes to injury prevention and how menstrual tracking and better understanding the menstrual cycle are crucial elements to athletes remaining uninjured and removing the psychological fear around the menstrual cycle and injury.

    Nicole argues how *more research is needed!* as ever when it comes to the data around injuries in women's sport and the menstrual cycle and injury risk- and how every athlete has a different injury profile: injury history, inherent injury risk, response to hormones and therefore why an individualised approach is necessary when it comes to risk reduction and injury prevention.

    We also talk about why men's sport has had a head start in terms of the research, professionalism and availability of support services such as strength and conditioning and the consequences of women's sport playing catch up.

    Resources
    Nicole's website: https://www.nicolesurdykaphysio.com
    Nicole's course: Managing the [Un]injured Soccer Player: https://www.nicolesurdykaphysio.com/courses/
    Nicole's blog:
    Return to Sport: On Field Rehab: https://www.nicolesurdykaphysio.com/2020/08/23/return-to-sport-on-field-rehab/
    Lesson 5: Eat Your M&Ms: https://www.nicolesurdykaphysio.com/2020/08/31/lesson-5-eat-your-mms/
    Nicole on Instagram: @dr.nicolept
    Nicole on Twitter: @NSurdykaPhysio

    If you like what we do and you'd like to support our cause please consider becoming a Patron. Head to www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast for more info- our thanks to Kerry Morris for becoming a Patron this week.

    We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat.  Visit wwww.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.

    This episode was kindly sponsored by Limitless Bra. The Limitless Bra was designed for growing bodies, to give girls the support, comfort and confidence to enjoy being active. The only sports bra aimed at teenagers, it offers up to 4 inches of adjustment using a patented T-system and is comfortable and discreet.  Please see www.limitlessbra.com for more information.

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

  • Our guest this week is long-distance runner and mum of two Jo Pavey. Jo is an international athlete who has competed at five consecutive Olympic Games in the 5,000m and 10,000m. 

    She was the European champion in 2014 after coming back from giving birth to her second child less than a year earlier. Jo aspires to compete at a sixth Olympic Games in 2021 at the age of 47- in short she's an amazing athlete and role model for so many women when it comes to balancing motherhood and training, promoting the joys of running and looking after your body whilst doing it.

    Jo explains to us how as a runner you can have a long career if you manage your body in the right way, whether it's by eating enough calories and keeping a regular menstrual cycle to training in different countries with her husband and coach Gav and running for the pure love if it. 

    Jo also explains how she managed her training and expectations whilst pregnant, never pushing her body too far and ultimately how she came back from pregnancy and child birth to win European gold at the age of 40.

    We also discuss how coaches and female athletes need to better understand the changes to a developing female body during puberty and how this may affect their performance, whilst encouraging young athletes to enjoy their sport without the pressures of body image and performance goals. Jo recalls her own journey during this stage of her life and what she learnt along the way. 

    Finally, we talk about how Jo finds balancing being a mum with training, as she prepares for a sixth Olympic Games, and why she enjoys her running MORE since starting a family. 

    Resources:
    Twitter: @jopavey

    'This Mum Runs' book (written by Jo Pavey):
     https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Mum-Runs-Jo-Pavey/dp/0224100424

    This Mum Runs website: http://www.thismumruns.co.uk

    If you like what we do and you'd like to support our cause please consider becoming a Patron of the Female Athlete Podcast: www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast 

    We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat. 

    Visit wwww.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

  • In this episode we’re speaking about pelvic health in women and returning to exercise after pregnancy and birth. For this interview, we’ve recruited two of the very best in this area; Advanced Physiotherapist in pelvic health Gráinne Donnelly and Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist Emma Brockwell.

    The pair together with Tom Goom wrote the highly cited return to running postpartum guidelines entitled: ‘Returning to running postnatal – guidelines for medical, health and fitness professionals’.

    Pelvic health issues affect many women at different stages of life including the 80% of women in the U.K. who will have a baby. Pregnancy and child birth can cause a number of pelvic health issues, such as incontinence of urine, pelvic organ prolapse and diastasis recti (abdominal separation) which we cover in this episode. 

    We also talk about the importance of the pelvic floor muscle and why all women can benefit from doing exercises to strengthen this muscle whether they've had a baby or not!

    Both Emma and Gráinne are passionate about helping women overcome pelvic health issues, and raising awareness about such conditions which are common but not normal. They highlight that the vast majority of these issues can be treated effectively with physiotherapy, something that they find not a lot of women are aware of.

    They're also on a mission to improve the quality and consistency of information available to guide women back to normal life after having a baby. 

    We talk about if you can’t see it, you can’t be it, when it comes to elite athletes returning to competition after pregnancy and stress the importance of physical activity for pregnant women. We also talk about why women need adequate time to repair, heal and recover after giving birth and before returning to any form of exercise.

    In 'Question Time' this week we answer a question around why some women may feel more anxious and overwhelmed (especially given the way of the world at the moment) in phase 4 of their cycle- the premenstrual window- and what people can do about it.

    Resources:
    Free access to returning to running postnatal guidelines: https://mailchi.mp/38feb9423b2d/returning-to-running-postnatal-guideline

    Diastasis Rectus Abdominis Patient Handbook: https://absolutephysio.dpdcart.com/product/199837

    https://www.pelvicroar.org/ and https://www.pelvicroar.org/rectus-diastasis

    Squeezy App: https://www.squeezyapp.com/ which has a link to the "find a physio" directory too

    https://www.activepregnancyfoundation.org/
     

    Grainne on Insta and FB @absolute.physio on Twitter: @ABSPhysio 
    Grainne's website - www.absolute.physio

    Emma's webite - https://physiomum.co.uk/
    Emma on Instagram and FB: @physiomumuk and Twitter @emma_physiomum   

    We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat. 

    Visit wwww.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

  • In this episode we speak to Hydration and Sweat Expert Abby Coleman. 

    We chat about how everybody sweats differently, be it how much an individual sweats (sweat rate) or how much sodium is being lost in that sweat. We also talk about the differences we need to consider between men and women when it comes to hydration and how women’s hydration needs may differ at certain stages of the menstrual cycle and how menopause has an impact on hydration status and what older women should be aware of.

    We also speak about what advice Abby would give for people who want to learn more about their hydration whether that is through a Sweat Test or through recognising the differing signs to know if you’re a heavy sweater or a salty sweater- all very important when it comes to starting exercise optimally hydrated. Also, how much should we be drinking before, during and after exercise- is it as simple as drink to thirst?

    In ‘Question Time’ this week we speak about how to run an education session around the female athlete and the menstrual cycle at your club and the language, resources and tips for breaking the barrier down and starting the conversation. 

    If you like what we do and you want to support us, please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast. Head to www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast  to view our page. A stream of exclusive content is already up and available on our Patreon page now.

    For discounts of Precision Hydration products and services, head to the Female Athlete Podcast Patreon page: www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast  

    Precision Hydration blog links:

    How to combat the dehydrating symptoms of the menopauseDo women have different hydration needs to men? How to START hydrated and why that's so importantHow to rehydrate quickly and improve your recovery

    Precision hydration free online Sweat Test: https://sweattest.precisionhydration.com/pages/why-personalise-your-hydration-strategy 

    Advanced Sweat Test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh5UTX0Pcz4

    Educational resources:

    wwww.fitrwoman.com 

    www.treasureyourchest.org

    Access our previous episodes:
     The basics of the menstrual cycle, tracking your cycle and symptoms, plus other episodes around menstrual dysfunctions such as endometriosis and pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder:
    https://femaleathletepodcast.buzzsprout.com 

    We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat. 

    Visit wwww.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

  • And just like that we’re back for season 2!

    We’re kicking off the new season with a truly awe-inspiring woman and athlete; adventurist and ultra-endurance specialist Jenny Tough.

    Jenny Tough is currently involved in a project to run solo and unsupported across a mountain range on every populated continent. Jenny was the first woman to win the Silk Road Mountain Race and Atlas Mountain Race.  

    Jenny’s profile was raised when she started filming herself completing expeditions and adventures and posting on social media to spread awareness that this sport isn’t just for one demographic (white and male) but for women too.

    In this interview Jenny talks about: how if you can’t see it, you can’t be it, the lack of diversity in the adventure athlete space and why she wanted to do something about it, female safety concerns, how she trains, plans and prepares for her expeditions and competitions, the mental toughness needed to survive in the wilderness and mountains for weeks at a time, how she recovers physically and mentally, why she was prompted to learn more about her menstrual cycle after she came on unexpectedly during the Atlas Mountain Race in Morocco, and why above all else we are all tougher than we think. 

    In Question Time this week, we speak about the non-hormonal copper coil (IUD), how it prevents pregnancy and why it may take time for your menstrual cycle to settle after insertion.

    Jenny Tough links:
     Atlas Mountain Race; Interview With Jenny Tough and Sofiane Sehili:
    https://www.apidura.com/journal/atlas-mountain-race-interview-with-jenny-tough-and-sofiane-sehili/ 

    Strong Women: ‘I got my period on an endurance race in the middle of the Atlas Mountains – and I still won’ 
    https://metro.co.uk/2020/05/13/strong-women-jenny-tough-period-atlas-mountains-endurance-race-12691106/

    Atlas Mountain Race 2020 Documentary: 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5k5ayE9iqU

    Tough Women Adventure Stories: Stories of Grit, Courage and Determination Book:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tough-Women-Adventure-Stories-Determination/dp/1787833003

    Topical research: Changes in Self-Reported Physical Fitness, Performance, and Side Effects Across the Phases of the Menstrual Cycle Among Competitive Endurance Athletes: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32957079/

    This series, we’ve launched on Patreon. Patreon is a platform which has allowed us to build an online female athlete community. Becoming a Patron costs just £3.29 a month and supports our mission of empowering more women to own and understand their bodies and open up important topics which often go under-researched and under-discussed.

    Through becoming a Patron of the Female Athlete Podcast you’ll receive a range of benefits including bonus content with every episode of the pod, your name in the show notes and exclusive infographics and recipes all based around the topics we discuss on the podcast. If you like what we do and want to support our cause, please consider becoming a Patron.

    Head to www.patreon.com/femaleathletepodcast  to view our page. A stream of exclusive content is already up and available on our Patreon page now.

    We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic. Pretty Athletic is a unique skincare brand for active women who sweat. 

    Visit wwww.prettyathletic.com to view the amazing range of products available and use discount code FEMALEATHLETEPOD for 20% off.

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

  • *SEASON 1 FINAL EPISODE!

    We've dedicated the final episode of series 1 to puberty- we've all been through it or are currently going through it- it's a tough time so we decided to bring on some guests and reminisce about our own journeys through adolescence, from starting our periods, to being terrified of white shorts, hiding sanitary pads deep in our school bags and what is currently being done in schools and sports clubs to help young girls navigate through this time.

    We believe more needs be done to normalise the area and we discuss how this can be achieved. If you are a parent or coach of younger athletes this episode could be the one for you! 

    We spend time discussing the challenges for girls going through puberty and the obstacles they face to sports participation and why we’re seeing high drop out rates in this age group. Our guests today are Mel Benson, Head of St George’s Middle School for girls and rising star Mia Slevin and her swimming coach Jamie Main about how a coach and athlete can face the changing hormones and transition through puberty together whilst training at a high level.

    As ever if you have a question about the female body or about any of the topics we’ve discussed in series 1 please get in touch with us at femaleathletepodcast@gmail.com or through our social media channels and we’ll be sure to get back in touch with you. Also if there are any suggestions for topics you’d like us to tackle in series 2 please send those through too- we’d love to hear from you. 

    We’d like to thank the Physiological Society for their funding and enabling this podcast to go ahead. 


    Resources:
    Puberty explained: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/stages-of-puberty-what-happens-to-boys-and-girls/

    Starting your period: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/periods/starting-periods/

    Can broadcasters make space for women’s golf? https://www.womenandgolf.com/news/features/7936-can-broadcasters-make-space-for-women-s-golf

    Fair Play podcast, the Women in Sport show: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08hbbnp/episodes/downloads

    Judy Murray Foundation: https://judymurrayfoundation.com

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

  • For this episode we're focusing on the menopause and perimenopause. We discuss what the menopause is and focus on symptoms: what you may experience, when symptoms may start and how long they may last for. We also talk about what to be aware of as you grow older in terms of exercising, bone health, nutrition and staying on top of the ageing process, especially as females.

    We speak to two women who are in different stages of their menopause journeys; Louise, 45, who is currently going through perimenopause and Maddy, 71, who has been through the menopause and is out the other side. Both women share experiences of how they've dealt with different stages of their lives and how they continue to stay active.

    In 'Question Time' this week we discuss whether the pill can contribute to weight gain and talk about swimming and the menstrual cup (and what a good option it can be!)

    Resources:
    The fight against injustice: How black female sportswomen are using their platform to drive change: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/womens-sport/2020/06/25/fight-against-injustice-black-female-sportswomen-using-platform/

    British Athletics Championships rescheduled for September behind closed doors: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/athletics/2020/06/26/british-athletics-championships-rescheduled-september-behind/

    Dr Stacy Sims, research and book ROAR (with a chapter dedicated to menopause): https://www.drstacysims.com

    Runners World, Menopause- what you need to know:
    https://www.runnersworld.com/women/a20856097/menopause-and-running-what-you-need-to-know/

    Menopause research:
    https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S0140-6736%2808%2960346-3 

    Bone health research:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7286845/

     https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6719569/

     https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29971503/

    Menstrual Cup: The 18 Best Menstrual Cups To Buy On Amazon Right Now
    https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a22064115/best-menstrual-cups/ 

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

  • We're back for Part II on the topic of menstrual dysfunction and for this episode we're focussing on heavy menstrual bleeding, polycystic ovary syndrome, pre-menstrual syndrome and pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, also known as PMDD.

    Our guest this week is researcher and physiologist Jess Freemas who suffers from PMDD and she tell us her story of symptoms, including bloating, headaches, nausea and cravings and how the disorder has affected her life plus the management strategies she has put in place. 

    We speak about all the above disorders including how common they are, how to tell if you potentially could have a disorder and the treatment options available for each.

    Resources:
    Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) 'Mind' Charity page: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/premenstrual-dysphoric-disorder-pmdd/about-pmdd/

    PMS (premenstrual syndrome) NHS page: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pre-menstrual-syndrome/

    Polycystic ovary syndrome, NHS page: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-pcos/

    Heavy menstrual bleeding, NHS page: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heavy-periods/

    Heavy periods: How to tell if your heavy periods are “normal”: https://helloclue.com/articles/cycle-a-z/heavy-periods-how-to-tell-if-your-heavy-periods-are-normal

    Basal Body Temperature (BBT): How is it used to estimate ovulation? https://helloclue.com/articles/cycle-a-z/basal-body-temperature-bbt-what-is-it-how-is-it-used-to-estimate-ovulation

    The 14 Best Organic Tampon Brands: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a13144732/best-organic-tampons/

    Environmental reasons to switch to a menstrual cup: https://www.organicup.com/environmental-reasons-to-switch/

    Women's sport dominates list of Australia's favourite teams: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jun/16/womens-sport-dominates-list-of-australias-favourite-teams

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

  • It's a topic which doesn't get a lot of air time but as women we believe it's vitally important to have an awareness of this under-discussed and under-reported area: Menstrual dysfunctions. 

    In fact, we believe this topic is so important we've dedicated two episodes to it. 

    In 'Part I' we talk about endometriosis: What is is, symptoms, treatment options and why awareness is key to helping diagnosis. In two very honest interviews we speak to elite athletes Elinor Barker and Sarah McDonald who share their stories with the condition, from their struggles and symptoms before being diagnosed, to life after having a laparoscopy, the effects endometriosis has had on their lives, plus advice for others suffering with the condition.

    We also discuss ovarian cysts, endometrial polyps and fibroids: What they are, how common, symptoms and treatment options. 

    *Please note: Due to time restrictions, the interviews with Elinor and Sarah had to be cut down significantly. If you would like to hear the interviews in full, please head to the Female Athlete Podcast YouTube page where you'll find the conversations in full including the background of the two athletes, how they've coped with lockdown and when they think their sport will be back up and running. Plus more honest conversations about endometriosis and why we need to increase awareness about the condition. 

    *Female Athlete Podcast YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2Nd9OG0

    In 'Question Time' this week we discuss which sanitary protection might be best to use during ultra endurance events if you find yourself on your period on race day. If you have any experiences you'd like to share around this area or suggestions on the best protection to use, please email us at femaleathletepodcast@gmail.com- we'd love to hear from you.

    If you have any questions around the area of menstrual dysfunction or the female body in general, please contact us on Twitter @female_pod or Instagram @femaleathletepodcast or email us your questions at femaleathletepodcast@gmail.com. 

    Resources:
    Outnumbered or not, sportswomen are leading the way in addressing racism worldwide: 
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/womens-sport/2020/06/12/outnumbered-not-sportswomen-leading-way-addressing-racism-worldwide/

    Menstrual cups: 13 of the best for people who have periods
    https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/body/health/g23117116/menstrual-cups/

    Menstrual Cup options: 
    MoonCup: https://www.mooncup.co.uk
    Lunette: https://uk.lunette.com
    OrganiCup: https://www.organicup.com

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

  • In this episode we speak all about iron metabolism and symptoms of iron deficiency in female athletes, as well as how to include iron naturally in your diet. Plus considerations if you are a heavy menstrual bleeder with our guest Dr Charlie Pedlar (sport and exercise scientist, researcher and Head of Science at Orreco).

    Co-hosts Dr Georgie Bruinvels and Dr Jess Piasecki give us her personal experiences of iron supplementation as athletes and we briefly speak about hydrations strategies before and after exercise, especially in hot weather or if you are a heavy sweater!

    We also discuss what it's like to be a male practitioner working with female athletes and how to broach the topic of the menstrual cycle with your athletes if you are a male coach.

    Finally, we catch up once again with British athletes; triathlete Georgia Taylor-Brown and 400m hurdler Jess Turner around how life and training has been stepped up and adapted once again to fit into the new mould of lockdown restrictions that we are currently undergoing in the UK. 

    Resources:
    Chelsea are crowned 2019/20 WSL champions including FA statement: https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2020/06/05/chelsea-fc-women-declared-champions-of-wsl-following-statement-b

    RESEARCH STUDIES you can get involved in: 
    Are you a woman playing/competing in sport at a national/elite level? We're interested in how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you & it's impact on women's sport:
    https://ntupsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6nULdK8wJBpLbZX

    Calling all exercising females! We are doing some research on the possible impact of our new normal, surrounding COVID-19, on our menstrual cycle:
    https://ntupsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37UjxolcAMNIDrf

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

  • In this episode we discuss breast health; boobs, bras, breasts whatever you want to call them! We speak to lecturer and researcher Dr Nikki Brown about her work in the area including how she hopes to bust the taboo and 'normalise' the area of breast health for all.

    We speak about what can happen when you wear the wrong type of breast support or don't wear a bra at all in every day life or whilst playing sport, how education can be used as a tool to inform parents, adolescents and women of all ages about how to look after your breasts and feel good about them as a natural and normal element of the female body. 

    We also talk about breast pain during your cycle, how to buy the correct bra and why it's important to speak to your coach/doctor about breast pain or a breast injury. 

    We also ask Nikki where she plans to take her research next and how she plans to help open up the conversation now and for future generations. 

    We also answer a listener question about polycystic ovary syndrome- more to come on this in future episodes- and talk about the news coming out of the world of women's sport!

    Educational Resources
    Treasure Your Chest: https://www.treasureyourchest.org

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.