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How To Introduce Cycle-Oriented Performance Training in Women’s Sports

When it comes to achieving peak performance in sports, the one-size-fits-all approach falls short. With the rise of individualized training regimens, a new area has emerged in women’s sports: performance and team training oriented on players’ menstrual cycle and well-being.

The well-being of women athletes are now being evaluated through menstrual cycle questionnaires.

The Relationship Between Athletic Performance and the Menstrual Cycle

Some women's sports coaches are starting to use daily questionnaires and dashboards to create menstrual cycle-oriented trainings.

The menstrual cycle isn’t just a biological process; it’s a symphony of hormonal fluctuations that influence an athlete’s strength, endurance, and mood. 

Studies have shown variations in performance capabilities across different menstrual cycle phases. However, every woman and athlete is individual, which makes it even harder to include such information in team training environments.

Benefits of Tracking the Menstrual Cycle

Menstrual cycle oriented training is helping women athletes by developing workouts that help them peak during each phase.

Modern sports tech isn’’t just about tracking steps or heart rates. Women specific dashboards provide insights into menstrual cycles, facilitating better understanding of personal energy patterns, mood variations, and physical capabilities and position-specific requirements. By mapping out the menstrual cycle, athletes coaches can: 

  • Predict Performance: Knowing when one might be at their peak or when they might need extra recovery aids in training optimization. 
  • Injury Prevention: Certain phases of the menstrual cycle, especially the pre-menstrual phase, can be associated with increased injury risk. Tracking can assist in mitigating these risks. 
  • Enhanced Communication: Sharing cycle data with coaches or trainers can enhance the training process, ensuring everyone is on the same page. 

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Intellectual and Athletic Performance Research

a menstrual cycle oriented training regimen can be created using a dashboard and a daily questionnaire.

Interestingly, the menstrual cycle doesn’t just impact physical prowess. Some studies indicate varying cognitive abilities during different cycle phases. 

While these variations are subtle, they can influence strategies employed during games or matches. Teams like Florida State Women’s Basketball are leveraging this knowledge, combined with advanced analytics, to bring out the best in their athletes at every cycle stage.

What is Menstrual Dysfunction?

Women's soccer players warm up before a game and now use daily planners to help orient their menstrual cycle with the training.

A darker side of intense sports participation for some women athletes is menstrual dysfunction, like amenorrhea, where periods become irregular or cease. Beyond the immediate implications for fertility, such dysfunctions can impact bone density, leading to increased injury risks. 

But by using a dashboard, women athletes are no longer in the dark. Platforms that focus on empowering women with daily surveys allow for tracking subtle body changes, ensuring timely interventions, and may provide a hint. Likewise, the importance of establishing meaningful thresholds for women athletes cannot be understated, as it provides a roadmap to health and peak performance.

KINEXON’s Women’s Initiative

The combination of player tracking and menstrual cycle oriented trainings are helping women in sports.

Menstrual-cycle and well-being oriented performance training in women’s sports is not a trend; it’s the future. By aligning training with the body’s natural rhythms and tapping into advanced sports tech, women athletes can optimize their performance and wellbeing. 

As sports analytics evolve, expect to see more teams and individual athletes charting their paths to success with menstrual cycle insights at the helm. 

KINEXON is committed to developing a new standard. We are pushing boundaries in professional and collegiate women’s sports using advanced sports technology tailored to the unique needs of women athletes. 

Our dashboards for demand planning are now accessible to all women’s teams, enabling alignment of training with menstrual cycles. You can get started in just five easy steps by clicking the link below. 

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