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What’s so good about Menstrual Cycles? 

By Dr Nicky Keay @nickyKfitness Menstrual periods are a barometer of healthy hormones. The evolutionary purpose of ovulation is to reproduce. Furthermore the carefully biologically choreographed variation of hormones that occurs during an ovulatory menstrual cycle is crucial to health and athletic performance. Why? Hormones are chemical messengers that have far reaching effects throughout the body and […]

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Young athletes’ optimal health: Part 3 Consequences of Relative Energy Deficiency in sports

Part-3 of the blog mini-series on RED-S By Dr Nicky Keay In my previous blogs, I  described the adverse effects of Relative Energy Deficiency in sports (RED-S) in both female and male athletes- current health and sport performance and potential long term health problems. What about young aspiring athletes? There is concern that early sport specialisation, imbalances in training […]

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Optimal health: including female athletes! Part 1 Bones

Part-1 of the blog mini-series on RED-S By Dr Nicky Keay It is hard to dispute that women are underrepresented in medical research and certainly there are not many studies that include female athletes. Does this matter? After all whatever your gender, the same physiological and metabolic processes occur. However, the Endocrine system is where there are […]

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This week’s answer to MOOC question: Professor Louise Burke on fitness, weight loss and abnormal menstrual periods

Each week students in Professor Ian Shrier’s (@McGillU) Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ask questions. One questions is answered by our world expert panel on the BJSM blog. Here’s this week’s question. Q: I have been working hard in gym over the last 6 months. I got cool muscles and I look very fit. I […]

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BJSM Virtual Conference – RED-S, FAT and ACL (Enough abbreviations?)

A monthly round-up of podcasts and articles  By Steffan Griffin (@lifestylemedic) Not only does the start of this month bring some fantastic sporting events but also another of our Virtual Conferences. This one is inspired by this fantastic recent podcast with Pippa Bennett, who addresses Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) and anterior cruciate ligament […]

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‘The fatigued athlete’ and RED-S: Lessons from the field and the BASEM spring conference

Sport and Exercise Medicine: The UK trainee perspective, a monthly blog series By Dr Khine Swe Win I recently attended the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) spring conference, “The fatigued athlete” in Manchester. It provided the latest evidence in diagnosis, prevention and management of underperformance syndromes. Unsurprisingly, the new IOC consensus statement on Relative Energy Deficiency […]

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