About FASTR

At FASTR we are focused on addressing the gender gap still present in human performance research to improve health outcomes and help cultivate lifelong athletes. 

“If there’s one piece of advice I could give to younger athletes, it’s play the long game. You may not think this now, but when you’re in your 30’s, 40’s, and beyond, you’re going to want to be a lifelong athlete. To be able to do that you have to take care of your body. You have to feed it well and you have to treat it right, because lifelong athletes are the ones who do all those things.”

Amelia Boone, Professional Obstacle Course Racer

 

We Believe…

We believe in creating an inclusive environment for all girls and women in sports. Your health in and out of sport is important, and this material is for you. 

Our goal is that the FASTR platform can inform, inspire, and empower female athletes of all levels and backgrounds. We believe that universal access to research-led and science-driven knowledge is just as essential to health and longevity in sport as the gear you use and wear. We hope to arm female athletes with the information needed to inspire confidence in your unique physiology. 

 

One thing that's really important for me to share with young, old, new, and veteran athletes is that you are so much more than your performances. You're so much more than just a body,  just a vessel for competition, and your brain plays such a huge role. I learned later in my professional career about how much my mental health impacts my performance and my training.

Stephanie Garcia - Professional Obstacle Course Racer

Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance

Our research is supported by the Stanford Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, a collaborative research initiative that seeks to improve the health and well-being of all people through the study of peak human performance. The Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance is an interdisciplinary effort made up of six primary hubs leading cutting edge research to advance this field of study and translate it into practice in sports medicine and beyond. The six hubs include Stanford University, Boston Children’s Hospital, The University of Kansas, University of Oregon, the Salk Institute, and University of California San Diego.

The Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital

The FASTR research team works in partnership with the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, led by Dr. Kate Ackerman. This partnership brings together experts in sports medicine, epidemiology, psychology, social work, nutrition, and more to address all aspects of female athlete health and performance.  

Learn more about the program →

Animations courtesy of Michelle Lehman.

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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