56 episodes

The Female Athlete Podcast is here to shine a light and bring focus to topics around the female body and sport and exercise which have originally gone under the radar. We'll be tackling everything from the menstrual cycle and how it affects every day women to how it impacts on sporting performance- including issues such as contraception, bone health and female physiology. Presented by three curious young women; journalist Lucy Lomax, Dr Georgie Bruinvels and Dr Jess Piasecki, this podcast isn't just for female athletes, it's for women who want to learn more about their bodies. Join us as we attempt to open up the conversation.

Female Athlete Podcast Female Athlete Podcast

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 55 Ratings

The Female Athlete Podcast is here to shine a light and bring focus to topics around the female body and sport and exercise which have originally gone under the radar. We'll be tackling everything from the menstrual cycle and how it affects every day women to how it impacts on sporting performance- including issues such as contraception, bone health and female physiology. Presented by three curious young women; journalist Lucy Lomax, Dr Georgie Bruinvels and Dr Jess Piasecki, this podcast isn't just for female athletes, it's for women who want to learn more about their bodies. Join us as we attempt to open up the conversation.

    S5E9: Does puberty impact performance, mirena coil, training through pregnancy and book recommendations

    S5E9: Does puberty impact performance, mirena coil, training through pregnancy and book recommendations

    It's a busy one! In our final episode of Series 5, we answer two questions around the mirena coil, discuss how to deal with the impact of puberty on performance, why it's important to listen to your body when training through pregnancy and we give our book recommendations as we head into the autumn months!

    Thank you again for providing us with some interesting topic points. Keep your questions coming! Visit the link in our Instagram to submit a question.

    Books:
    Choosing to Run: A Memoir, Des Linden
    The Female Factor, Dr Hazel Wallace
    The Wild Card, Judy Murray
    Lioness My Journey To Glory, Beth Mead
    Good For A Girl, Lauren Fleshman

    Previous FAP episodes:
    Sophie Power Female Athlete Podcast episode, S2, E13
    Jo Pavey Female Athlete Podcast episode, S2, E4 

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

    • 38 min
    S5E8: 'Game On-The Unstoppable Rise of Women's Sport' with Sue Anstiss and Dr Ali Bowes

    S5E8: 'Game On-The Unstoppable Rise of Women's Sport' with Sue Anstiss and Dr Ali Bowes

    In this episode we are joined by Sue Anstiss MBE and Dr Ali Bowes to talk about the recent Netflix documentary 'Game On- The Unstoppable Rise of Women's Sport'.

    Sue was the presenter and producer of the documentary which highlights some of the issues historically faced by women in sport and the knock on effects still impacting women and girls today.

    We discuss barriers placed in the way of women taking part in sport such as the female frailty myth, inappropriate clothes women have traditionally been made to wear when participating or competing, plus how we can continue the fight and help remove barriers for women and girls in a world historically dominated and controlled by men.

    Watch the Game On- The Unstoppable Rise of Women's Sport trailer.
    Read Sue's book Game On- The Unstoppable Rise of Women's Sport.
    Join the Women's Sport Collective.

    Follow Dr Ali Bowes on Twitter
    Follow Sue Anstiss on Twitter

    • 38 min
    S5(7): Emma Pallant-Browne: 'Why I didn't want a photo of me bleeding through my suit to be cropped'

    S5(7): Emma Pallant-Browne: 'Why I didn't want a photo of me bleeding through my suit to be cropped'

    In this episode we speak to long-distance triathlete Emma Pallant-Browne. Recently Emma raced whilst on her period and bled through to her race suit...and it made the news.
    When a Twitter user called out a picture taken of Emma during the race to be cropped so the blood wouldn’t show, Emma responded in such an empowering and honest way (check out her most recent post on Instagram) and the text below.

    Emma wrote in response to the tweet: "Thanks for caring but definitely something I’m not shy to talk about because it’s the reality of females in sport. My period comes over a month in between and there will be one day where it is super heavy.

    "I pray it won’t be race day but every now and then it is. No matter what tampon I have experimented with, for anything over three hours it’s too heavy. So just as someone might get gut issues in a race I have to suck it up and give what I have and not be afraid to talk to women who have the same problem.”

    We chat to Emma about the incident, the response she received on social media after her post and why she wants to continue to break down barriers for female athletes in this area.

    And if, like Lucy, you were wondering... here is a what a menstrual disc is! 

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

    • 20 min
    S5(6): Breast injuries, dealing with injury and why research is so difficult in females

    S5(6): Breast injuries, dealing with injury and why research is so difficult in females

    In this episode we cover breast injuries and breast pain, including how common it is, why breast injuries in particular go under-reported, plus what you can do to help, such as wearing a correct sports bra and tracking breast pain throughout your cycle.

    We also cover how to stay motivated during periods of injury and why doing research in females is so hard, and the areas which need more attention (all!)

    Thank you again for providing us with some interesting topic points. Keep your questions coming! Visit the link in our Instagram to submit a question.

    Recommended sports bras:
    For contact sports- Boob Armour / Shock Absorber
    For running (& Jess' recommendation)- Puma
    For growing bodies- Limitless

    Telegraph article: Why breast injuries are slipping under the radar in sport

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

    • 39 min
    S5(5): Osteoporosis, osteopenia and can the pill mask a menstrual dysfunction?

    S5(5): Osteoporosis, osteopenia and can the pill mask a menstrual dysfunction?

    In this episode we discuss the relevance of International Women's Day (this episode was recorded on 15th March), and we answer listeners questions around osteoporosis, osteopenia, and ask can the pill mask a menstrual dysfunction such as amenorrhea?

    The team also give strategies and tips around how to help get your period back when coming off the pill.

    Plus, we discuss the various menstrual cycle technologies and apps, including period relief device Myoovie.

    Thank you again for providing us with some interesting topic points. Keep your questions coming! Visit the link in our Instagram to submit a question.

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

    • 33 min
    S5(4): Answering listeners' questions: Iron, Endometriosis and Social Media Abuse

    S5(4): Answering listeners' questions: Iron, Endometriosis and Social Media Abuse

    In this episode we answer listeners questions across a range of topics.

    Including: What are the key things women should be aware of in regards to iron? How can endometriosis sufferers tailor their training? Plus, we give advice and personal stories about social media comments and abuse and how best to deal with it.

    We also recommend an awesome new book around women in running and the inequalities they face, plus how we can help create change. Link below.

    Thank you again for providing us with some interesting topic points. Keep your questions coming! Visit the link in our Instagram.

    Book recommendation: Good for a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man's World

    Previous FAP episodes around Iron:
    Previous FAP episodes around Endometriosis:
    Previous FAP episode on athletes dealing with Social Media Abuse

    *Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

poppystimpson ,

Amazing!

I love, love this podcast. As an very much non-professional athlete, I found this really helpful especially the conversation around sports bras and iron!

l_g71 ,

Pitch perfect!

This is so good!!

Such a brilliant way of communicating the topic all we coaches and athletes should be discussing.

The presenters intelligence, experience and passion is a perfect combination to pitch to young athletes and experienced coaches.

Keep it up guys - I’m loving it.
Have recommended to every athlete and coach I know.

eileen_91 ,

Would recommend to everyone!

This is a fantastic podcast thats not only incredibly interesting but so well researched and presented. I can’t wait to hear more! Definitely going to recommend to all my friends. Keep up the good work!

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