‘At this time of the month’ – Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko leaves the reporter speechless with an honest answer about the period


Lydia Ko was praised for normalizing the impact of periods on women’s sport after the world No. 3 openly responded to a question about why she needed treatment on the pitch during the finals of the Palos Verdes Championship.

o, a two-time major champion, was helped through a series of stretches by a physical therapist midway through her round on Sunday as she fought for victory at the LPGA Tour event.

The 25-year-old finished third and was then asked by Golf Channel commentator Jerry Foltz if she had a recurring injury.

“I hope not,” Ko replied. “It’s that time of the month. I know the ladies watching are probably going, ‘Yes, I got you.’

“So when that happens, my back gets really tight and I’m all twisted. It’s not the first time Chris has seen me twisted, but it felt a lot better after he came. So yeah, let’s go.”

Foltz was a bit shocked by Ko’s answer and after a short pause he only replied with “Thank you”.

Laughing at any awkwardness, the New Zealander said: “I know you’re at a loss for words, Jerry. Honestly, it is.”

Ko, who led the world rankings in 2015 as the youngest player of both sexes, has since been lauded for speaking openly on a topic often described as the “final taboo” for women in sport.

Clinical psychologist Karen Nimmo told Today FM from New Zealand it was healthy and refreshing to hear a top athlete speak openly about the effects of menstruation on performance.

“It’s really healthy that we actually bring it up as a normal part of sport that needs to be considered not just physically but psychologically,” he said. “We have to take into account that people go through cycles and we have to think about that when we plan training and events.

“Menstrual problems are a common part of elite sport and we finally have an outlet to talk about it. So go Lydia I say.”

https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/that-time-of-the-month-kiwi-golfer-lydia-ko-leaves-reporter-speechless-with-honest-answer-about-period-41609453.html ‘At this time of the month’ – Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko leaves the reporter speechless with an honest answer about the period

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