B1 Non-refereed journal articles
Influence of the Menstrual Cycle Phase on Marathon Performance in Recreational Runners (2020)


Greenhall, M.; Taipale, R.S.; Ihalainen, J.K.; Hackney, A.C. (2020). Influence of the Menstrual Cycle Phase on Marathon Performance in Recreational Runners. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, Ahead of Print. DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2020-0238


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Publication details

All authors or editors: Greenhall, M.; Taipale, R.S.; Ihalainen, J.K.; Hackney, A.C.

Journal or series: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance

ISSN: 1555-0265

eISSN: 1555-0273

Publication year: 2020

Volume: Ahead of Print

Publisher: Human Kinetics

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2020-0238

Open Access: Publication channel is not openly available

Additional information: Brief report


Abstract

Purpose: To examine the potential impact of fluctuations in sex steroid hormones across the menstrual cycle (MC) on marathon running performance of recreational female athletes.
Methods: A survey questionnaire was administered to recreational, nonelite runners who had completed multiple marathons within the last 18 months.
Results: A total of 599 questionnaires were returned and deemed viable for review. From these, 185 survey participants were found to have complete information and eligibility to have their surveys used in the statistical analysis. A total of 106 women had their best marathon performance in the luteal phase (high sex steroid hormones) of the MC, and 79 had their best performance in the follicular phase (low sex steroid hormones) of the MC (responses were significantly different; z-score value = 1.11; P < .05).
Conclusion: Recreational female runners have varying performances in the marathon across their MC phases, specifically performing better in the luteal phase of the cycle.


Keywords: sex hormones; women; physical training; endurance sports

Free keywords: sex hormones; women; exercise; endurance


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