Highlights from “Play Like a Girl”, Sports Medicine Australia’s Canberra Symposium

By Nash Anderson and Mark Trbojevich  In the week after the FIFA Women’s World Cup we reflect on “How female athletes stay fit to play and own the podium”. In May 2019, Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) hosted the symposium in Canberra, the national capital. Despite the increase in professional sporting competitions for female athletes including […]

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BJSM e-edition: Female athlete health

              Several of the BJSM editorial team attended the excellent 2019 Isokinetic Conference in London this past April. One inspiring session at the conference focused specifically on the latest research in female sport. We heard a call for an increase in the number of published female-specific sports research studies. […]

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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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Heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) in female athletes [Part 2: Investigation and Management]

By Mr Simon Tarsha and Dr Craig Sheridan @DrCraigSheridan  In the first of this two-part article the physical, social and psychological impact of heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) on female athletes was considered alongside assessment of history and where appropriate, a clinical examination (1).  This second article outlines clinical investigations to consider and initial management with guidance […]

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Part 1: Key messages from the 2018 BASEM Spring Conference

By Tej Pandya “RED-S is a complex, multifactorial syndrome that it is often missed” This was the key message from the 2018 BASEM Conference – the largest attendance for the spring meeting since its inception.  We were treated to a wide variety of SEM practitioners (with equal split between male and female presenters) who collectively […]

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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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IOC Consensus Statement concludes little evidence of negative outcomes associated with strenuous exercise in pregnancy

By Professor Gregory Davies, MD But the overall quality of the available evidence on the impact of intense exercise is not strong, with few studies carried out in elite athletes, the statement warns. The statement is the second in a series of five issued by the IOC on exercise and pregnancy, focusing on elite athletes. […]

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Cutting sporting Australians to their knees: time for more investment in sports injury prevention

By David Hunter, Florance and Cope Professor of Rheumatology Australians’ passion for their favourite sporting pursuits is almost unmatched by any other country throughout the world. We pride ourselves on our sporting heritage and the records that our minnow sized population has been able to achieve in an ever expanding sporting world. Not detracting from the importance […]

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