Cody Roberts’ Comments
“The research and practice around menstrual cycle education, research, and openness is changing for the better for female athletes. Most importantly, it should not be dismissed, and cannot be generalised. It is not a binary cycle of menstruating (having a period) and not. For coaches and athletes alike to be most successful in optimising training, they need to make an effort to learn, understand, and adapt to the psychophysiological state of the athlete.
“The menstrual cycle is a very real, constant, and ever-changing physiological state that is difficult for a male to understand. Therefore, the best thing that any coach can do (male or female) is to create a safe space for the athlete to be honest and open (transparent) about their mental and physical state. The menstrual cycle is not everything, but it is a component that at times, regardless of sleep, nutrition, or recovery, is going to interfere with performance.
“A coach should aim to build a trusting relationship with every athlete, be educated so you can shed light on what is happening inside their body, but most importantly, be ready and willing to simply listen. If you do that, performance and productivity are limitless.”