Stanford Female Athlete Science And Translational Research (FASTR) Program

Innovating ways to improve the health of girls and women of all abilities through athletic participation and performance.

The FASTR program seeks to help close the gender gap in sports science research with an emphasis on early identification and interventions to prevent injury and identify ways to optimize performance in female athletes.

The FASTR vision also involves translation of this cutting-edge information and research to athletes, coaches, and practitioners in the community. We hope to inspire female athletes to learn more about their bodies and embrace what makes them strong and unique. Through proper education surrounding fueling, recovery, mental health, and more we encourage the development lifelong athletes.

Our Vision

The FASTR Program at Stanford is a university-wide research initiative in collaboration with the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital with support from the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance at Stanford. Both efforts are part of a multi-institution alliance focused on uncovering the biological principles that govern human performance.

Through our research, we seek to better understand the female athlete and provide the resources to make optimal health and performance more accessible to female athletes of all ages and abilities.

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FASTR Video Series Trailer

FASTR Program News

Recruiting High School Girls XC Teams: FASTR Education Study

September 13, 2022

Recruiting High School Girls XC Teams: FASTR Education Study

Podcast Interviews

February 15, 2022

Podcast Interviews

Women’s Running Magazine Article Feature

February 15, 2022

Women’s Running Magazine Article Feature

Our Research Projects

Our team is executing a number of research projects to learn more about strategies to optimize bone health, identify risk factors for bone stress injuries, improve screening for Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) and the Female Athlete Triad, and translate existing research to female athletes.

Explore our research →

Animations courtesy Michelle Lehman. Video courtesy Tunner Dunn. Branding design by OLAB.  Stanford Athletics photo courtesy of Linda A Cicero. 

Work with Our Team

We welcome faculty, staff, alumni, and external organizations to collaborate with the FASTR Program, please contact us via email if you are interested! If you are a student interested in doing research with our team, fill our the interest form below and go to the Students page of our website for more information.

CONTACT US Student Interest form