Dina-Asher Smith wants research on the “big” effects of periods on performance to be done


Dina Asher-Smith called for more research into the influence of the menstrual cycle on athletic performance after getting back in shape to book her place in the 200m final at the European Championships in Munich.

Asher-Smith has endured a difficult season with injuries, retiring midway through the women’s 4 × 100 meter relay at the IAAF World Championships in Eugene with a hamstring problem, which also led to her opting out for the Commonwealth games in Birmingham withdrew from the England team.

And in the 100m final earlier this week, Asher-Smith retired by the 60m mark before revealing she had suffered cramps in both calves.

The 26-year-old was back on the track in the Olympic Stadium in the 200m semi-final on Thursday evening, where she confidently won her race with a run of 22.53 seconds.

Afterwards, when asked about her recovery from the cramps, Asher-Smith told BBC Sport: “[It was]girl stuff. It was frustrating, but just one of those things.

“It’s a shame because I’m in really good shape, but sometimes things just don’t go that way.”

Asher-Smith added, “It’s something that I think more people should explore from a sports science perspective because it’s absolutely huge.

“We wouldn’t always talk about it either, because you see girls who have been so consistent and there’s a random dip.

“Behind the scenes they were really fighting, but on the outside everyone else is like, ‘What is this? That’s coincidence,” so it could just use more money.

“I feel like if it were a men’s issue we would have a million different ways to fight things, but women just need more funding in this area.” Dina-Asher Smith wants research on the “big” effects of periods on performance to be done

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