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Track star Dina Asher-Smith demands more research into how periods affect performance

Dina Asher-Smith has needed more funding for studies on what a womans period make a difference athletic performance following the British sprinter pulled up with cramp during her 100 meters title at the European Championships in Munich.

Asher-Smith pulled up midway through Tuesdays race with cramp in her calf and finished last. The 26-year-old returned to action later in the week to be eligible for Fridays 200m final.

Yeah, girl stuff, issues, Asher-Smith told British media. Its something more folks have to research from the sports science perspective, because its absolutely huge.

Dina Asher-Smith said women don't talk about the subject of periods playing a major factor in women's performance.
Dina Asher-Smith said women dont discuss the main topic of periods playing a significant element in womens performance.
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Women dont discuss it either. We see girls which have been consistent have a random dip. Behind the scenes they’re really struggling, while many people are thinking, Whats that? Thats random. We just need more funding.

Personally i think like if it had been a mens issue there will be a million various ways to combat things. But with women there just must be more funding for the reason that area.

Tennis world number 1 Iga Swiatek had also addressed the problem as of this years French Open, saying advances in medicine and technology can offer answers to women athletes.

New Zealands world number 4 womens golfer Lydia Ko was praised online through the Palos Verdes Championship earlier this season after she openly discussed suffering back problems through the tournament because of her period.

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