As if the headaches, bloating and cramps weren’t enough, women may also be more susceptible to joint injury while menstruating.
Recent research has found that female athletes have a decreased sense of joint position which is caused by hormones during menstruation, making them more susceptible to injury. Many of the studies were conducted with conditioned athletes in high-intensity or contact sports like gymnastics or soccer, but the research holds true for all women.
“Researchers recommend that athletes consider improving body awareness regarding the knee joints, and understand the risk factors associated with knee injuries during the menstrual cycle. Taking more rest and recovery days during this period of time, and maintaining excellent nutrition is also a beneficial practice.”
It is important not to forget the toll menstruation can take on your joints. During your period, continue to eat nutritious foods and give yourself extra time for recovery after exercise. Pay attention to your body before jumping into a pick-up game of soccer in the backyard with the kids.
Continue reading to learn more about your joint health and menstruation.