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do British sports people have a list of excuses if they lose to avoid stating they were beaten by someone better?, well, add this reason to the list?It's unfair though eh! Imagine periods attacking only a british player and leaving everyone else alone. How rude.
I play a mind game( bridge) and I personally find hormones a big issue but PMT as opposed to the actual event. I find it hard to concentrate and I am emotionally labile. I sometimes find myself staring into the middle distance. also at time of ovulation, I would have a sore back which I believe is due to lax ligaments.We'll done to Heather Watson for bringing up the topic
I coached junior girl triathletes some of whom started their periods during the years I coached them. I encouraged mothers to tell me when a period started and did notice a significant impact on their ability to train, . Lightheadedness, cramping and headaches were often symptoms. As a male the girls found it impossible to discuss their periods with me but if they knew that you knew it was easier.
"Curse or myth - do periods affect performance?" I've discussed this with my wife and even at her amateur hockey level the answer was a resounding "yes". So without a doubt it is going to be a factor at the highest level - I'm just not sure what can be done about it. The use of drugs to suppress the effects could be construed to be a performance enhancement
Judging by my ex-girlfriends, it affects some women really very badly & other women virtually not at all...What was most interesting was the unsympathetic attitude of the unaffected women to the ones curled up in agony: "...they're just a bunch of softies - just GET OVER IT!!!" - as though ever woman's period was somehow exactly identical!
One of my daughters breezes through her periods with little trouble, the other is sometimes incapacitated by severe cramps. To suggest that any particular woman should "get on with it" or might be using her menstrual cycle as an excuse is just infantile. Let's see some proper research on this without a lot of giggling at the back or the usual macho brainless stuff.
As a man, I clearly have no direct knowledge of this, but I can understand how the various effects of menstruation can impact on performance at such a high level of physical fitness and skill. What I'm unsure about is how anything can be done to address this - the effects are so varied in nature, duration and intensity that there can be no sensible system of levelling a playing field.
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