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Research has begun to focus more on menstruation and its effects on young women’s health.  Women have long known that during different times of the month, they experience cravings for different types of food.  We now know that this commonly occurs during the later phases of the menstrual cycle.

As science improves, various tracking methods are being created to help women better understand their bodies and why they feel the way they do.  Hormonal fluctuations can be extremely powerful.

Having an understanding of this can be very useful, not only for purposes of diet but for injury prevention as well.  It is now known that women are more at risk for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries at certain times of their cycles. Researchers have also discovered that women’s coordination can decrease at certain times, leaving them more prone to injury.

An awareness of one’s body and where in the cycle it is, can only help athletes better take care of themselves.  Not only will it assist them in making good dietary choices, but it will help them be in better touch with themselves, and as a result improve their ability to perform at their peak during all times.

Apps that track a woman’s menstrual cycle are now available for use.   These are precise enough to help identify where someone is in the four phases of their menstrual cycle.

Four Phases of Menstrual Cycle

Phase one is the time during which someone is actively bleeding.

Phase two is the time period that occurs between six and ten days after the cessation of bleeding.

Phase three begins after ovulation, when a woman’s body is highest in estrogen and progesterone levels.

Phase four covers the time period during which a woman’s hormone levels go down as her body prepares to reenter phase one.

      

Orreco is a sports performance company that created an app called FitrWoman.  They relied on research and matched symptoms with each phase of a woman’s cycle as well as methods to help address any specific challenges that might accompany the various phases.

According to “How tracking their periods helped USA women’s soccer team win the World Cup” by Katie Kindelan, the US Women’s National Team players had posters in their accommodations that offered helpful tips on how they could best take care of themselves during each phase.

About two years ago, Chelsea FC Women’s team surprised many people when they shared that they were adjusting their training program around the menstrual cycles of their players.

As more clubs recognize the scientific links between injury prevention, general health and productivity, they will be doing more to accommodate training schedules to align with these cycles.