11 episodes

Sport & exercise are for everyone... aren’t they? Society has probably led us to believe that women and sport & exercise don’t mix. But recently there has been a rise in the number of women participating in exercise, from physical activity to elite sport and because of this our understanding on how to optimise female health and performance in sport and exercise must also increase. However, at the moment there is a lack of awareness, evidenced-based education and support surrounding female-specific performance and health considerations, from the menstrual cycle to hormonal contraceptives, alongside, breast health, pelvic floor health, pregnancy and the menopause. This podcast is here to change this narrative and discuss all the female-specific topics that have went relatively under the radar for so long.

the period of the period‪.‬ Kelly McNulty

    • Sports

Sport & exercise are for everyone... aren’t they? Society has probably led us to believe that women and sport & exercise don’t mix. But recently there has been a rise in the number of women participating in exercise, from physical activity to elite sport and because of this our understanding on how to optimise female health and performance in sport and exercise must also increase. However, at the moment there is a lack of awareness, evidenced-based education and support surrounding female-specific performance and health considerations, from the menstrual cycle to hormonal contraceptives, alongside, breast health, pelvic floor health, pregnancy and the menopause. This podcast is here to change this narrative and discuss all the female-specific topics that have went relatively under the radar for so long.

    SE1 EP9: Post-natal physical activity & exercise.

    SE1 EP9: Post-natal physical activity & exercise.

    On today’s episode I joined by Emma Brockwell. Emma is a women’s health physiotherapist specializing in postnatal rehabilitation and is passionate that all women return to postnatal exercise safely and effectively. Emma actively campaigns for improvements in women’s health care co-founding Pelvic Roar, a pelvic health campaign group. She is also on the Clinical Advisory Board of the Active Pregnancy Foundation, The Perinatal Physical Activity research Group and Pandas UK.  Emma has also written for Women’s Running and Women’s Health Magazine. Finally, along with her co-authors Emma wrote the UKs first Return to Running Postnatal Guidelines. 
    In this episode we discuss the benefits of post-natal exercise, how you can make a safe return to post-natal running, as well as other forms of exercise whether that be at an elite level or just recreationally, and finally end with some common questions on breastfeeding, post-partum clothing and even buggy running.
    If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please leave a rating and review, and please share with your teammates, coaches, friends, and family!

    Resources: Emma Brockwell: Instagram: @physiomumuk | Twitter: @emma_physiomum | Website: https://www.physiomum.co.uk/

    Season 1 of the podcast is kindly sponsored by Umi Health. Umi Health are on a mission to make pelvic health accessible to every woman, everywhere. Exclusively for the listeners Umi Health are offering a 7-day free trial - all you need to do is go to their website and enter the code PERIOD at either sign up or upgrade. For more information: www.umi-health.com| Insta @umihealth | Twitter: @HealthUmi | Facebook: @UmiHealthLtd
    Check out more from The Period of The Period: www.periodoftheperiod.com | Insta @periodoftheperiod | Twitter @periodofperiod | Facebook @periodoftheperiod

    You can also find us on Patreon. We have three different membership levels all priced under £4 a month. By becoming a Patron of the The Period of The Period you’ll receive a range of benefits including early access, bonus episodes, and more! If you want to help us continue doing what we do then please head to www.patreon.com/periodoftheperiod
    *Disclaimer: Material and content discussed on  The Period of The Period Podcast are intended for general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice*.

    • 56 min
    SE1 EP8: Pre-natal physical activity & exercise.

    SE1 EP8: Pre-natal physical activity & exercise.

    On today’s episode I joined by Dr Marlize De Vivo a senior research fellow in perinatal physical activity at Canterbury Christ Church University, and Sally Kettle a speaker, adventurer and with Marlize, co-founder of The Active Pregnancy Foundation. The Active Pregnancy Foundation has the goal of supporting women to stay active throughout pregnancy and beyond, by providing expertise and advice, changing culture and challenging policy.
    This episode is aimed at empowering women to keep active and exercising confidently and happily throughout pregnancy. We discuss the benefits of keeping active during pregnancy, the current evidence-based guidance in this area and how we can improve the quality and consistency of the information we give to pregnant women.
    If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please leave a rating and review, and please share with your teammates, coaches, friends, and family!

    Resources: Sally Kettle: Instagram: @sallykettle Twitter: @sallykettle | Dr Marlize De Vivo: Instagram: @starbucks_lisa Twitter: @marlizedv

    Additional resources: The Active Pregnancy Foundation: Instagram: @activepregnancyfoundation | Twitter: @PregnancyActive | https://www.activepregnancyfoundation.org/

    Season 1 of the podcast is kindly sponsored by Umi Health. Umi Health are on a mission to make pelvic health accessible to every woman, everywhere. Exclusively for the listeners Umi Health are offering a 7-day free trial - all you need to do is go to their website and enter the code PERIOD at either sign up or upgrade. For more information: www.umi-health.com| Insta @umihealth | Twitter: @HealthUmi | Facebook: @UmiHealthLtd
    Check out more from The Period of The Period: www.periodoftheperiod.com | Insta @periodoftheperiod | Twitter @periodofperiod | Facebook @periodoftheperiod

    You can also find us on Patreon. We have three different membership levels all priced under £4 a month. By becoming a Patron of the The Period of The Period you’ll receive a range of benefits including early access, bonus episodes, and more! If you want to help us continue doing what we do then please head to www.patreon.com/periodoftheperiod
    *Disclaimer: Material and content discussed on  The Period of The Period Podcast are intended for general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice*.

    • 55 min
    SE1 EP7: Injury risk & ACL injuries in females and what we can do about it.

    SE1 EP7: Injury risk & ACL injuries in females and what we can do about it.

    On today’s episode I am delighted to be joined by Elisa Nédélec, a PhD student at Nottingham Trent University who is investigating the potential impact of reproductive hormones on the incidence of non-contact ACL injuries in female athletes. Elisa completed her Masters in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation in Belgium and worked for eight years as a sports physiotherapist, specialised in orthopaedics, traumatology, and global postural rehabilitation. Her research interests include female physiology in sport and exercise, sport injury primary and secondary prevention, and the potential a pluri-disciplinary team has for ensuring a more equal practice of sports for girls and women’.
    Generally, injury risk is largely sport specific, but there are differences between males and females. Specifically, research indicates that women are up to 3-6 times more likely to sustain an ACL injury when compared to men. Therefore this episode is here to shine a light on female-specific injuries in sport and exercise as we discuss the risks and what to be aware of in terms of ACL injuries, including how the menstrual cycle and oral contraceptive use might affect injury risk and injuries before highlighting what we can potential do to minimise these risks as female athletes and those working with them.
    If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please leave a rating and review, and please share with your teammates, coaches, friends, and family!

    Resources: Elisa Nédélec: Twitter: @ElisaNedelec

    Additional resources: FAIR-ACL Project: Twitter: @fairaclproject | https://fairaclproject.isrg.org.uk/

    Season 1 of the podcast is kindly sponsored by Umi Health. Umi Health are on a mission to make pelvic health accessible to every woman, everywhere. Exclusively for the listeners Umi Health are offering a 7-day free trial - all you need to do is go to their website and enter the code PERIOD at either sign up or upgrade. For more information: www.umi-health.com| Insta @umihealth | Twitter: @HealthUmi | Facebook: @UmiHealthLtd
    Check out more from The Period of The Period: www.periodoftheperiod.com | Insta @periodoftheperiod | Twitter @periodofperiod | Facebook @periodoftheperiod

    You can also find us on Patreon. We have three different membership levels all priced under £4 a month. By becoming a Patron of the The Period of The Period you’ll receive a range of benefits including early access, bonus episodes, and more! If you want to help us continue doing what we do then please head to www.patreon.com/periodoftheperiod
    *Disclaimer: Material and content discussed on  The Period of The Period Podcast are intended for general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice*.

    • 48 min
    SE1 EP6: Female athlete nutrition & REDs.

    SE1 EP6: Female athlete nutrition & REDs.

    On today’s episode I am joined by Renee McGregor. Renee is a leading sports dietitian, specialising in eating disorders, REDs, the female athlete, and performance. Her practice and knowledge are supported by extensive experience of working in both clinical and performance nutrition, including Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth teams. She is also a best-selling author and the co-founder and director of #TRAINBRAVE a campaign raising the awareness of eating disorders in sport; providing resources and practical strategies to reduce the prevalence.
    Whilst there is an abundance of information on sports nutrition out there, not all said information is relevant to the female athlete. Which is why this podcast episode is here to bring an awareness to female-specific nutrition as we discuss fuelling the female athlete and  REDs – relative energy deficiency in sport – including what it is, what the signs and symptoms include and how as a female athlete (or coach) you can best support yourself.
    If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please leave a rating and review, and please share with your teammates, coaches, friends, and family!

    Resources: Renee McGregor: Insta: @r_mcgregor Twitter: @mcgregor_renee 

    Additional resources: https://reneemcgregor.com/ | https://trainbrave.org/ | https://reneemcgregor.com/product/the-female-athlete-training-diary/

    Season 1 of the podcast is kindly sponsored by Umi Health. Umi Health are on a mission to make pelvic health accessible to every woman, everywhere. Exclusively for the listeners Umi Health are offering a 7-day free trial - all you need to do is go to their website and enter the code PERIOD at either sign up or upgrade. For more information: www.umi-health.com| Insta @umihealth | Twitter: @HealthUmi | Facebook: @UmiHealthLtd
    Check out more from The Period of The Period: www.periodoftheperiod.com | Insta @periodoftheperiod | Twitter @periodofperiod | Facebook @periodoftheperiod

    You can also find us on Patreon. We have three different membership levels all priced under £4 a month. By becoming a Patron of the The Period of The Period you’ll receive a range of benefits including early access, bonus episodes, and more! If you want to help us continue doing what we do then please head to www.patreon.com/periodoftheperiod
    *Disclaimer: Material and content discussed on  The Period of The Period Podcast are intended for general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice*.

    • 51 min
    SE1 EP5: Applying female athlete research in a high-performance environment.

    SE1 EP5: Applying female athlete research in a high-performance environment.

    On this episode I am joined by Dr Emma Ross and Dr Rich Burden. Emma and Rich worked together at the @EIS where they co-lead the SmartHER Programme to improve support of British Olympic and Paralympic female athletes within the UK high performance system. The SmartHER programme aimed to empower coaches, athletes, and sports practitioners to better understand the exercising female, and how to capitalise and cope with her physiology and psychology in the context of sport. In this episode we discuss: (1) how the SmartHER program come about and what the goals of the SmartHER campaign are, including who it’s for and the topics covered; (2) how female athletes and those working with them can raise awareness of these female specific factors and apply the likes of female athlete research in the real world; and (3) lessons learnt so far from working in this area and what they would like to see happen in the future.
    If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please leave a rating and review, and please share with your teammates, coaches, friends, and family!

    Resources: Emma Ross: Insta: @emma_zoe_ross Twitter: @ezross | Rich Burden: Twitter: @rich_burden 

    Additional resources: https://www.thewell-hq.com/ | https://www.eis2win.co.uk/

    Season 1 of the podcast is kindly sponsored by Umi Health. Umi Health are on a mission to make pelvic health accessible to every woman, everywhere. Exclusively for the listeners Umi Health are offering a 7-day free trial - all you need to do is go to their website and enter the code PERIOD at either sign up or upgrade. For more information: www.umi-health.com| Insta @umihealth | Twitter: @HealthUmi | Facebook: @UmiHealthLtd
    Check out more from The Period of The Period: www.periodoftheperiod.com | Insta @periodoftheperiod | Twitter @periodofperiod | Facebook @periodoftheperiod

    You can also find us on Patreon. We have three different membership levels all priced under £4 a month. By becoming a Patron of the The Period of The Period you’ll receive a range of benefits including early access, bonus episodes, and more! If you want to help us continue doing what we do then please head to www.patreon.com/periodoftheperiod
    *Disclaimer: Material and content discussed on  The Period of The Period Podcast are intended for general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice*.

    • 1 hr
    SE1 EP4: Pelvic floor health & leak free impact & lifting exercise.

    SE1 EP4: Pelvic floor health & leak free impact & lifting exercise.

    On this episode I am joined by I am joined by Helen Keeble, a physiotherapist who specializes in pelvic health, Dr. Amal Hassan, a sports and exercise medicine doctor, and Elizabeth Davies a women's fitness coach. Together, Helen, Amal and Elizabeth recently created Umi Health to offer online advice and education about female pelvic health to every woman, everywhere. This episode opens the conversation surrounding a vital, but often overlooked area of our bodies – the pelvic floor, as we discuss why all women should be aware of their pelvic floor health, how pelvic floor dysfunction might influence performance and how we can resolve and even prevent pelvic floor issues from occurring.
     
    If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please leave a rating and review, and please share with your teammates, coaches, friends, and family!

    Resources: Helen Keeble: Insta : @helenkeeblephysio  | Dr Amal Hassan: Insta: @sportexercise_dr_amal | Elizabeth Davies: Insta: @themummycoach.co.uk 

    Additional resources: https://www.squeezyapp.com/ | https://thepogp.co.uk/

    Season 1 of the podcast is kindly sponsored by Umi Health. Umi Health are on a mission to make pelvic health accessible to every woman, everywhere. Exclusively for the listeners Umi Health are offering a 7-day free trial - all you need to do is go to their website and enter the code PERIOD at either sign up or upgrade. For more information: www.umi-health.com| Insta @umihealth | Twitter: @HealthUmi | Facebook: @UmiHealthLtd
    Check out more from The Period of The Period: www.periodoftheperiod.com | Insta @periodoftheperiod | Twitter @periodofperiod | Facebook @periodoftheperiod

    You can also find us on Patreon. We have three different membership levels all priced under £4 a month. By becoming a Patron of the The Period of The Period you’ll receive a range of benefits including early access, bonus episodes, and more! If you want to help us continue doing what we do then please head to www.patreon.com/periodoftheperiod
    *Disclaimer: Material and content discussed on  The Period of The Period Podcast are intended for general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice*.

    • 1 hr 7 min

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