Game, set and match – but not on your period?
Wimbledon is here and the strawberries and cream are ready, but will some female players be ready when it comes to their turn on the infamous grass courts?
Not according to Petra Kvitova, Wimbledon ladies’ champion. She’s spoken out recently about periods and how tough they are on female tennis players.
The Czech player was asked at a recent press conference how periods affected female players to which she replied that they were ‘quite tough’ and that being on her period during matches made things ‘difficult’.
Not only do players have to contend with physical symptoms, but at Wimbledon they can only have one break per set, which may not always be enough if periods are heavy.
And let’s not forget about the famous Wimbledon whites! While protection is good these days, there’s also that fear of leaking, which would definitely affect performance.
She’s not the first female sports start to tackle the taboo of periods in sports. Previously Heather Watson, Britain’s number one tennis player, blamed her period on losing the first round of the Australia Open, saying it had made her dizzy and nauseous and that her energy levels were really low.
Generally your period can affect your physical performance, especially if you do have heavy periods as this can lead to anaemia, which can make you feel tired, dizzy and short of breath.
Even if you don’t suffer from heavy bleeding, low oestrogen and testosterone level at this time can make you feel more fatigued than normal. Plus, lower levels of these hormones can also lead to nasty sport-preventing headaches.
How to period-proof your workout
- If your periods are very heavy, it might be worth taking an iron supplement.
- Choose the right food. Nuts are a great snack as they’re full of magnesium. A deficiency in this mineral can make you feel fatigued.
- Jasmine not only smells great but also increases beta waves in the brain, which makes you feel more alert. Sniff some Jasmine oil or sip on Jasmine tea when you need a boost.
- Drinking lots of water is really essential at this time of the month. Our bodies need water to help carry nutrients and oxygen to cells, and without these you can feel tired and nauseous.
- Turn up the music. Research has found that that loud music may be one of the most effective ways to relieve stress and fight fatigue.