Chelsea Women ‘becomes the first team to adapt training methods to the menstrual cycle of players to improve performance and reduce injuries’
- Chelsea Women have individual training tailored to the menstrual cycle of players
- The initiative should reduce the chance of getting injuries such as ACL damage
- The idea first came to manager Emma Hayes after the final defeat of the FA Cup 2016
Chelsea Women has become the first club to tailor their training methods to the menstrual cycle of their players.
As reported by The Telegraph, Emma Hayes’ side has designed individual plans for each player around the phases of their menstrual cycle.
The innovative initiative should help the player’s level of performance and reduce their chances of getting soft tissue damage, such as ACL injuries.
Chelsea Women has become the first club to tailor training to individual menstrual cycles
“The application of everything, from rehabilitation to strength and conditioning to tactical, all comes from what men do,” Hayes said.
‘The starting point is that we are women and ultimately we go through something very different from men every month. And we need to understand that better, because our education failed us at school; we have learned nothing about our reproduction systems.
“It comes from the fact that we want to know more about ourselves and understand how we can improve our performance.”
Hayes, who has been running Chelsea Women since 2012, added that the idea first came to her three years ago when she saw how she lost the FA Women’s Cup Final to Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in 2016.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes admitted that the idea first occurred to her three years ago
The 43-year-old believed her side was second after the ball, when “many players were before that match around their time.”
With a game in hand, Chelsea is currently one point behind Manchester City in the Women’s Super League.
The Blues are facing City in the next round of WSL games, on February 23 in Manchester.