We have collected helpful resources, research and other materials on sport and PE for girls from around the world, including specific insights on menstrual health.
Menstrual Health + Sport Education & Apps
PowerToPlayPeriod poster for changing rooms, locker rooms or any sport facility. Download this free poster to kick start your conversation about menstrual health with your sport club or group.
FitrWoman – global study on women and exercise physiology, research review study – Dr Georgie Bruinvels
Female Physiology, Nutrition and Sport Training – Dr Stacy Sims
Wild AI app – period tracking app for sport and physical activity.
Puma/Modibody study on teenage girls and sport
Adidas resources for menstruation and sport
SHE Research and Education – Technical University of Shannon, Ireland
Female Athletes and the Menstrual Cycle – AUT Millennium New Zealand
Just in Casey bag project
Menstruation and Rainbow Inclusive Practices – Education Outdoors New Zealand
Menstruation and Sport – Rugby Talk at the Women’s Rugby Coaches and Referees Association Conference (Jan 2023)
Getting Started – Resources for teaching menstrual health
Irise International – research and resources
Hey Girls UK – products and educational resources
Secondary school period education animation (Hey Girls)
Primary school period education animation (Hey Girls)
Clue – education resources and period tracking ap
Menstrupedia – educational resources and comic book
FirstPeriod.org – Dr Liita Iyaloo Cairney
MENSTRUAL HEALTH + SPORT
Go with the Flow – Menstrual health experiences of athletes and coaches in Scottish swimming (Zipp & Hyde, 2023)
“This is the next frontier of performance”: power and knowledge in coaches “proactive” approaches to sportswomen’s health (Schofield, Thorpe & Sims, 2022).
Elite female athletes experiences and perceptions of the menstrual cycle in sport (Brown, et al., 2021).
Biological and socio-cultural factors have the potential to influence the health and performance of elite female athletes. Heather, A., Thorpe, H., et. al. (2021). Frontiers in Sport and Active Living.
Australian elite athletes and the menstrual cycle (Armour, et al., 2020).
Understanding menstruation in sport for development (Zipp, et al., 2019).
Sport, exercise and the menstrual cycle – Where is the research? (Bruinvels, et a., 2017).
Menstrual health education in Sport for Development in Zambia (Zipp, 2019).
Roar: how to match your food and fitness to your female physiology for optimum performance, great health, and a strong, lean body for life. Sims, S. T., & Yeager, S. (2016). Rodale.
Campaigns, workshops, etc.
On the Ball campaign for free period products in football (UK)
Let’s talk periods campaign – Rajasthan Royals (India)
Go with the Flow workshop – Feb 2020, University of Stirling
Power to Play video – Dr Sarah Zipp & Lilamani de Soysa
English Sport Institute – SmartHER campaign – Dr Emma Ross
Menstruation research and advocacy networks
Society for Menstrual Cycle Research
UK Menstruation Research Network
SPORT, GENDER AND HEALTH
Women in Sport UK & Sport England – Puberty, an invisible stage
Women in Sport UK – Reframing sport for teenage girls
Plan UK study – Break the Barriers
The Conversation articles – Sarah Zipp
What girls want in sport uniforms – A study from Australia
International Working Group on Women (Global) – Insight Hub
Observatory for Sport Scotland (UK) – Research on gender and sport
Women Win Foundation (Global) – Goal programme
Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport (USA) – Research