The missing pieces of the female athlete puzzle

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Debby Sargent

With the increased professionalisation of female sport, the demand on the strength and conditioning coach to further individualised training programmes beyond the fundamentals, is of paramount importance. An improved understanding of physiological and psycho-social nuances of the female athlete is essential, yet the evidence-base to support training and coaching decisions is minimal. This session aims to simplify the complexity of female biology by highlighting and critically evaluating what has been studied, plus it aims to identify key areas for further investigation. A summary of key ideas will help coaches immediately improve understanding, awareness and impact on their female athletes training. BIOG: Debby has over 20 years of experience working with high performance athletes has been a UKSCA Tutor and assessor since 2008. Debby currently works at the University of Gloucestershire (UoG) delivering undergraduate and postgraduate strength and conditioning courses. She is also responsible for delivery of services to TASS-funded athletes and manages a team of scholarship coaches that provide services to UoG performance teams. Prior to joining UoG, she was the Performance Sport Manager at the University of St Andrews and has also provided S&C and coach education to Scottish Rugby, Scottish Golf and Scottish Institute of Sport. She led on the Womens Artistic Gymnastics in the lead up to Glasgow 2014.