Chelsea Women ‘become first team to alter training methods to suit players’ menstrual cycles to try to improve performance and limit injuries’
- Chelsea Women have tailored individual training to players’ menstrual cycles
- The initiative should reduce the chances of obtaining injuries like ACL damage
- The idea first came to manager Emma Hayes after the 2016 FA Cup Final defeat
Chelsea Women have become the first club to tailor their training methods to the menstrual cycles of their players.
As reported by The Telegraph, Emma Hayes’ side have designed individual plans for each player around the phases of their menstrual cycle.
The innovative initiative should help the players’ performance level and reduce their chances of obtaining soft tissue damage, like ACL injuries.
Chelsea Women have become the first club to tailor training to individual menstrual cycles
‘The application of anything from rehab to strength and conditioning to tactical all come from the basis of what men do,’ Hayes said.
‘The starting point is that we are women and, ultimately, we go through something very different to men on a monthly basis. And we have to have a better understanding of that because our education failed us at school; we didn’t get taught about our reproduction systems.
‘It comes from a place of wanting to know more about ourselves and understanding how we can improve our performance.’
Hayes, who has managed Chelsea Women since 2012, added that the idea first came to her over three years ago while watching her side lose the FA Women’s Cup Final to Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in 2016.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes admitted the idea first came to her over three years ago
The 43-year-old believed her side were second-best to the ball, when ‘a lot of players were in around their period for that game.’
With a game in hand, Chelsea are currently one point behind leaders Manchester City in the Women’s Super League.
The Blues actually face City in the next round of WSL games, on February 23 in Manchester.