A groundbreaking study by the English Institute of Sport has revealed shocking findings about the physical toll on women in high-level sport.
The research, which is released on Friday, has revealed that menstruation, incontinence and breast pain affect the performance of international athletes. Key findings of the report include:
38 per cent of female athletes in a variety of sports in last year’s Commonwealth Games suffered stress incontinence during training, while 28 per cent suffered from the same condition during competition.
More than 50 per cent reported painful period symptoms and premenstrual tension, significantly higher than the national average.
Upwards of 30 per cent have infrequent or absent periods, which could lead to fertility issues.
Training up to international sporting standards lowers body fat and thus leads to an absence of periods. Yes?
We knew this, didn’t we? What’s groundbreaking about it?