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Menstruation Apps for Injury

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Menstruation Apps

Many top clubs recognize the value of menstruation apps.  Research has shown the effects of menstruation and its effects on young women’s health.  Women know that during different times of the month, they experience cravings for different types of food.  Researchers now have established that this commonly occurs during the later phases of the menstrual cycle.

Various tracking methods are being created to help women better understand their bodies.  Science is recognizing the importance of a woman’s cycle and how they affect not only physical ability, but mental mood.   Hormonal fluctuations can be extremely powerful.

It is useful to understand how one’s body works.  This will help with diet as well as injury prevention.   Scientists have shown 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.  This means they are more prone to injury at those times.

Being aware of one’s body, and how menstruation effects it will help athletes take better care of themselves.   This knowledge will help them make good dietary choices.  It will also allow them to understand themselves better; thereby improving their ability to perform at peak performance.  

Menstruation apps are now used by many top clubs.  These are precise enough to help identify where someone is in the four phases of their menstrual cycle.

Four Phases of Menstrual Cycle

 

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

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

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

Fourth, 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.  They also used methods to help address specific challenges that might accompany the various phases.

Katie Kindelan wrote “How tracking their periods helped USA women’s soccer team win the World Cup”.  She said the US Women’s National Team players had posters in their accommodations addressing the menstruation cycle.  The poster offered  tips on self care during each phase of their cycle.

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.  They incorporated this new strategy two years ago.  Many women’s clubs in the US are beginning to utilize these as well.

More clubs are recognizing the scientific links between injury prevention, general health and productivity.  Hopefully we will see an accommodation of training schedules in alignment with these cycles becoming a common occurrence.  

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