School of Health Sciences
Exercise Science: Therapeutic
Female, menstrual cycle, athletics, nutrition, skills-related fitness, health-related fitness
Medicine and Health Sciences
Doan, Calli, "The Impact of the Menstrual Cycle on Female Performance in Athletics" (2021). Senior Honors Theses. 1137.
Female hormones, key to preparing a woman's body for childbirth, work in a magnificent, cyclical manner. It can be expected that these hormones, with the role of preparing a woman's body to conceive a child and deliver a life safely into the world, would have a large impact on the health of the female, especially when it comes to athletics. Numerous studies conducted to understand the full extent of the effect of reproductive hormones on the female body have shown that these hormones influence not only menstruation, but also various physiological and psychological elements. Such effects can certainly impact athletic performance.