Pain, fear of leaks, shame.. Half of young girls stop exercising because of their periods, according to an international study.
HThey affect half the world’s population and Over 15.5 million French women between the ages of 13 and 50 According to official data. the rules. They monopolize 38 years of their life, or 2,280 days, and consume an average of 11,400 health protections, with a budget of 8000-23,000 euros over a lifetime. Do these numbers make you dizzy? However, despite more extensive awareness and advertising campaigns, Menstruation is still a big taboo.
And if there’s one area where rules are absent – or at least just beginning to emerge – it’s sports. Today we know that they in no way prevent exercise, but they still ask some questions: How to manage pain or leakage?
Questions that cripple some young girls, To the point of stopping exercise because of their rules. This is the case for one in two teenagersAnd according to global survey Commissioned by Puma and Modibodi, it is a vintage lingerie brand, and released on May 3. A thousand young girls from New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe were asked about it.
“Time to break the silence”
main reasons Who is this radical decision? Pain and fear of leakage but also the look of others. and during physical activities, Half of women feel uncomfortable when wearing sanitary pads or tampons. “I’m one of those who kept going. But for many girls, the reality is very different. Rules shouldn’t make girls stop playing,” says Australian athlete Sabrina Frederick. in columns Business Wire.
If the survey numbers are mind-blowing, it’s also because menstruation is not considered in sports, ignored and ridiculed in the locker room and on the field. This must change: 75% of teens surveyed believe that rules should be talked about more openly in sports. “Now is the time to break the silence and help women and girls feel comfortable and active during their period,” said New Zealand international footballer Ali Riley.
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Today, many studies show that The menstrual cycle can affect the performance of athletes. That’s exactly what German sprinter Laura Philipp tried to understand, study offered according to the evolution of its cycle. Bottom line: She was most efficient on specific days of her menstrual cycle, choosing to adapt her training to her biological rhythm.
“Each stage of the cycle has a different effect.”
If there is still a long way to go before all women can exercise undisturbed, Some clubs have already participated. In 2021, assistant coach of the French women’s soccer team Anthony Gretsch-Angelini, He was interested in menstruation, a physical agent that can be used in the same way as sleep and diet. “It is information that I should know, if a player wishes to share it with me. The goal is for her to be the best possible performance buddy for her.” Report the coach to France information.
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The hand also begins to listen attentively to the hormonal cycle of the players: “Often, Coaches believe that only rules have an effect on performance, says physical trainer Julien Le Hiran. In fact, each stage of the cycle has a different effect.” Unpacking the sports world is all about long-distance racing, but the important thing is to get there, right?
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