We are pleased to have added links to a useful online course, Working With Female Athletes, to our website, to help everyone in the sport seeking to improve their practice in this area.
The course is located with the other resources available in the Health and Mental Wellbeing section of the website.
It is provided by the sportscotland Institute of Sport, is free of charge, and suitable for coaches, athletes, parents, and anyone else interested in the welfare of female athletes of all ages.
The course should take around 40 minutes to complete.
The course is provided by the sportscotland Institute of Sport’s Female Athlete Performance Working Group of inter-disciplinary specialists.
The group’s aim is to develop a wider understanding of female athletes and the related support being delivered.
We are particularly keen to promote this course in the wake of the recent Female Athlete Health Report from Kyniska Advocacy.
That report came after responses from women across a wide variety of sports and found that:
It also found that:
The course is a simple introduction to the topic, and considers how female athletes’ life experiences can be taken into account so they can enjoy sport while staying safe and well.
It includes topics which are specific to female athletes such as menstrual cycles, and also looks at supporting female athletes through some of the challenges which can face athletes of any gender, such as RED-S and maintaining mental wellbeing.
Head of Performance Mark Pollard said: ‘We of course have an equal duty of care to all our athletes, but the Kyniska Advocacy report highlighted that there can be specific shortfalls in the way many sports understand and support female athletes.
‘The issue is clearly wide and complex, and this is only a small part of the jigsaw, but we’re pleased to be signposting resources that help people involved in athletics to be better-informed.
‘Open conversations on these topics can help develop coaching practices where athletes feel supported and can participate at the best possible level, while maintaining their physical and mental health, as well as helping athletes feel confident to advocate for themselves.’
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