What all female athletes should know

Do you know how your menstrual cycle affects your training?

Do you know how much you should train and how to prepare your body for it?

Did you know that all those ACL injuries women often experience are common and can be prevented?

Finally, shouldn’t the answers to these questions be common knowledge for female athletes? 

This post is about a book which answers all these questions. And which would have saved me a lot of time and energy had it been handed to me when I started martial arts.

It took me 7 years, 3 injuries to even hear about women-specific sports science. 

None of my coaches, physios knew anything about this. Surprisingly, not even the female ones. So let’s make female athletes lives easier! Pass this on to any women you think might need it. Let’s spare them some injuries. 

You are not a small man. Stop eating and training like one. 

Is the tag line of the book that could easily become every athlete’s first textbook. Roar by Stacy T. Sims combines her experience as a nutrition scientist, exercise psychologist and an Ironman athlete. 

Like in many other fields of life, most information offered to athletes is actually information for male athletes. It’s tested on men and it works for men. (If you want to learn more about the extent of the male default is a world that’s seemingly equal read Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez and get blown away how much there’s still to do. This is not to blame anyone – this book is 100% data-based, but to highlight that we need female-specific information and we need it now.)

Roar goes over everything from menstrual cycle, pregnancy, weight management, body composition and optimising performance. If you’ve been training for a while you’ll be positively surprised to find your own theories confirmed by research.

Whether you’re just starting out in martial arts of have been training for a while, your time will not be wasted.

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