Female Athlete Education

Empowering female athletes to understand their unique physiology

We want to give all female athletes the information and tools to better understand their bodies in order to maximize health and performance. Understanding the impacts of the menstrual cycle and how hormones affect overall health and well-being can help athletes to better understand the importance of proper fueling. With adequate fueling and recovery comes the opportunity to be a lifelong athlete. 

Our goal is to break down the science and provide the knowledge and tools to you in an accessible and fun way!

Is there a topic you’d like to know more about? Send our team an email and let us know!

FASTR Educational Video Series

We are thrilled to share our five part FASTR Educational Video Series with you! These videos include expert content, scientific animations, and interviews with top athletes to inform and inspire female athletes! In these videos we cover topics including the Female Athlete Triad and RED-S, sports nutrition basics, bone health, the menstrual cycle, and mental health. We hope that these videos will serve as a jumping off point for athletes as well as coaches, parents, athletic trainers, and anyone else with the goal of supporting long term health, well-being, and performance in female athletes! 

Let's do This:

Understanding the Female Athlete Triad and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)

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Fueling is Fun:

Nutrition Principles

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Bone Builders:

All About Bone Health

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Periods are Powerful:

The Menstrual Cycle Overview

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We Got This:

Mental Health and Body Image

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Breaking Down the Science

The Importance of Adequate Carbohydrate Intake

September 12, 2022

The Importance of Adequate Carbohydrate Intake

All About Overtraining

August 22, 2022

All About Overtraining

Patience During Puberty

August 9, 2022

Patience During Puberty

Biomarkers

July 13, 2022

Biomarkers

The Female Athlete Triad

January 20, 2022

The Female Athlete Triad

Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport

January 24, 2022

Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport

News and Podcasts with the FASTR Team

Outside Magazine Article Feature

February 15, 2022

Outside Magazine Article Feature

Women’s Running Magazine Article Feature

February 15, 2022

Women’s Running Magazine Article Feature

Podcast Interviews

February 15, 2022

Podcast Interviews

Below are journal articles in the field of female athlete research, podcasts of interest, and team favorite recipes to fuel your training or next adventure!

Female Athlete Study Design and Methodology

Sports Nutrition

RED-S and The Female Athlete Triad

Mental Health

  • Reardon CL, Hainline B, Aron CM, Baron D, Baum AL, Bindra A, Budgett R, Campriani N, Castaldelli-Maia JM, Currie A, Derevensky JL, Glick ID, Gorczynski P, Gouttebarge V, Grandner MA, Han DH, McDuff D, Mountjoy M, Polat A, Purcell R, Putukian M, Rice S, Sills A, Stull T, Swartz L, Zhu LJ, Engebretsen L. Mental health in elite athletes: International Olympic Committee consensus statement (2019). Br J Sports Med. 2019 Jun;53(11):667-699. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2019-100715. PMID: 31097450.

Menstrual Cycle

Animations courtesy Michelle Lehman. Photo of Latoya Shauntay Snell by  W. Eric Snell, Sr. of E. Snell Design.

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.

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