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UK women’s soccer team to schedule training around periods

Women athletes have different needs. Period. Chelsea Women, the UK women’s pro-soccer club, has announced that their training schedule will now accommodate the team’s menstrual cycles. They hope this new provision will promote more productive practices, reduce injuries and enhance game performance. Team manager Emma Hayes, who observed firsthand how her players’ cycles impacts their game, complained that women’s teams have been training in the same way as men — to their detriment. “I am a female coach in an industry where women have always been treated like small men,” Hayes told The Telegraph. “The application of anything from rehab to strength and conditioning to tactical all come from the basis of what men do. The ...