Managing the Physical Load of Female Athletes

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  • Establishing an Appropriate Physical Load
  • Accounting For Biological Age
  • Encouraging Appropriate Recovery Opportunities
  • Supporting Balanced Health in Female Athletes

In Summary

  • Giving athletes appropriate physical loads is key to optimising their long-term development, health, and enjoyment of sport.
  • Physical load is determined by the type, intensity, and volume of an exercise.
  • The appropriate load for an individual will depend upon factors like their hormonal development and maturation stage.
  • Teenage girls are especially vulnerable to musculoskeletal injuries. We should be careful not to over-expose them to exercises that place large physical loads on the bones.
  • Adequate recovery is essential to attaining the benefits of training and safeguarding health.
  • As parents, we must observe our children for signs of overexertion, and ensure that they take breaks from sport where necessary.

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