How Women’s Menstrual Cycle Affects AFL Performance – Brisbane Lions use the app to design training based on the player’s time of month
- Female footy players follow their periods against their performance
- Brisbane Lions hope that the data will increase the chance of a victory at AFL premiership
- The coach adjusts his training schedule and diet based on the results
Over the years, AFL teams have used just about every possible method to gain a competitive edge over opponents, and now one can be added to the list: menstrual cycles.
The AFLW team of the lions has used a tracking app to keep track of how different stages of the players’ monthly cycle could help them to win the premiership.
They hope it will help them gain the upper hand over their competition while minimizing potential injuries in the AFL Women’s League.
The strategy coincides with attempts by Professor Clare Minahan of Griffith University to dispel the myth, it is normal for top athletes to lose their periods. ABC news.
The Brisbane Lions have used a tracking app to keep track of how different phases of their monthly cycle could help them to gain premiership
Behind the unusual training strategy of the lions lies the effort to prevent players from falling prey to the female sports triad.
The triad is a combination of low energy, menstrual dysfunction and low bone density and can seriously affect performance.
But other ways in which they use the data is to monitor the energy level against the cycles of the players and adjust their training schedules and diets to adjust when the levels are lower.
The Queensland team has been tracking their menstrual cycle since the women’s competition was first launched three years ago
Players enter their data in an app called ‘Edge10’, a healthcare tracking system for top athletes that monitors the results of sleep, well-being and gym.
The Brisbane Lions have tailored the app specifically to their menstrual cycles.
Every day, players need to update the app with information about where they are in their cycle and how they felt during training.
Brisbane Lions Coach Matt Green told ABC news they adjust the way they train players based on their cycles.
‘So when are the right moments to stimulate recovery? When are the right times to eat certain foods that help to limit bloating and help with fatigue and all those different kinds of things? ‘ he said.
Players enter their data in an app called ‘Edge10’, a healthcare tracking system for top athletes that monitors the results of sleep, well-being and gym
Periods have always been a common topic in the women’s locker room, but the latest step has normalized the concept among even male coaches.
Lauren Arnell, player of Brisbane Lion, said that someone is always talking about it.
‘If you always hear about it during training. With 30 players, it’s probably one in four that gets their period every period, “she said.
“In terms of the impact on the training, it is often only if it has a major impact on you, you can have conversations and the training can be followed and changed.”
The Brisbane Lion player, Lauren Arnell, said that during training, there is always someone talking about menstrual cycles
Meanwhile, Professor Clare Minahan of Griffith University said there should be more understanding among women about the role that their menstrual cycle plays in their performance.
A myth still floats around when you have your period, you don’t perform at your best.
But she said this idea is incorrect, because hormones are the least and men with the least influence on their performance during menstruation.
At the same time, the AFL Women’s League is investigating whether the plague of serious injury in the competition can be caused by the menstrual cycle of players.
Adelaide Crows superstar Erin Phillips is one of the prominent players in the competition who have been seriously injured since last season.
AFLW football chief Nicole Livingstone said the competition wanted to investigate whether there was a connection between a season-dependent injury and the menstrual cycle.
They will collaborate with researchers from La Trobe University in Melbourne to see if there is a connection between the two.
At the same time, the AFL Women’s Competition is investigating whether the plague of serious injury in the competition can be caused by the menstrual cycle of players