WHISPA Project

Women’s Health in Sport: A Performance Advantage

The goal of the WHISPA Project is to ensure that High Performance Sport NZ is providing the best clinical advice to athletes and coaches to facilitate optimal athletic performance in elite female athletes.

Project Overview

Objective

* Establish and disseminate evidence-based guidelines and protocols for practitioners, athletes and coaches that enable optimum health and performance in elite female athletes

* Establish educational opportunities for Athletes, coaches, parents and practitioners in the topic of athletic performance in women

* Facilitate robust and relevant performance and health related research in the topic of athletic performance in elite female athletes

* Provide continuously evolving up-to-date support of the above goals.

More Less
Background

Accumulating evidence supports the observation that the normal hormonal variation occurring during the menstrual cycle of healthy menstruating women may impact athletic training and performance.

The hormonal fluctuations of a normal menstrual cycle may influence immunological, musculoskeletal, psychological and metabolic systems, all of which have the potential to enhance or impair training and competition outcomes. Up to 50% of female athletes believe that their menstrual cycle impacts upon their training and competition.1

However, the dearth of readily available and clinically applicable research in this area combined with the complexity of the academic challenges posed by research into the menstrual cycle, has meant that there is only limited quality scientific evidence upon which to base health and training advice.Subsequently, low levels of scientific evidence and expert opinion form the basis of current practice standards and it is unclear if NZ athletes are being provided with the best available training and health support in this area.

In the 2016 Rio Olympics, the NZ team consisted of 110 female athletes. High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) provides medical, musculoskeletal, nutritional, psychological and physiological support to the majority of NZ’s Olympic athletes and yet to date, there has been no integrated discussion or consensus on the best approach to mitigating either perceived or real impact (positive or negative) of the menstrual cycle. Furthermore, despite the potential for the menstrual cycle to impact upon training and competition in the NZ environment, there is no data on the scale of any menstrual cycle concern amongst NZ elite athletes and coaches.

The HPSNZ vision is to inspire the nation through more New Zealanders winning on the world stage. The purpose of Athlete Performance Support (APS) within HPSNZ is to positively impact on sport, athlete and coach performance, and this is achieved through providing integrated support collaboration and aligning quality people committed to learning and action.

The WHISPA Project is aligned with the 2017 – 2020 HPSNZ strategic priorities, specifically addressing strategic priorities 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.As HPSNZ begins preparation for the Tokyo Olympic games, there is an exciting opportunity for HPSNZ to provide leadership in a topic which has the potential to be both performance limiting and performance enhancing.

More Less
Mandate

* Provide an evidence based review of current knowledge regarding the potential impact of menstruation on female athlete performance

* Facilitate survey based research into the perceived impact of the menstrual cycle on training and competition in NZ Carded athletes

* Establish HPSNZ guidelines / protocols for the optimal management of situations where the menstrual cycle may impact on performance.

More Less
Number of Sports
Rio 2016 Female Competitors

Video provides a powerful way to help you prove your point. When you click Online Video, you can paste in the embed code for the video you want to add. You can also type a keyword to search online for the video that best fits your document.

Age of Menarche
Rio 2016 Female Competitors

Video provides a powerful way to help you prove your point. When you click Online Video, you can paste in the embed code for the video you want to add. You can also type a keyword to search online for the video that best fits your document.

Project Team

Ryan Turfrey
Role
Content
Jacinta Horan
Role
Content
Dane Baker
Role
Content
Dr Megan Ogilvie
Role
Penelope Day

Sports Doctor
Donut Chart Example Here

another example of charts we can use to promote infomation

Donut Percentage Example Here

another example of charts we can use to promote information

play
play

44

NZ Women have won at least one Olympic medal

110

Female athletes in the Rio Olympic team (>50%)

4

NZ Women have won more than 1 Olympic Medal

14

Women (/31) competed in the Rio Paralympics

9

Women won medals (4 multiple medalists)