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Female athletes, and women in general, are a unique population with specific health considerations.

The menstrual cycle, hormonal contraception, pregnancy (pre-, during and post-partum), breast pain/health, and other related medical conditions can impact on the ability of women to participate fully in sport and physical activity from grassroots to elite performance.

In October 2019 the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) launched a new initiative focussing on improving female athlete specific knowledge and systems of support. The Female Performance and Health Initiative (FPHI) will benefit Australian athletes, coaches, parents, sporting organisations and support staff in the sport sector and will raise awareness and understanding to key female athlete performance and health considerations.


The menstrual cycle

Other medical conditions impacting female athletes


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