Specific approaches to training and nutrition can help young women running into puberty and beyond.
As if being a teenager isn’t hard enough, girls who run in middle and high school still face age-old myths about puberty and silence around getting a period.
“No one talks to them about their period, how to acknowledge puberty, or the changes the body undergoes,” says Stacy Sims, fellow at New Zealand’s University of Waikato and author of ROAR. “It doesn’t have to be a demise. It is recognizing the impact puberty has not only on performance but on body image and self efficacy in performance.”
A new generation of leaders, coupled with emerging research, is banishing these myths and taboos. Here’s what to expect when puberty hits, plus four ways to handle it like a.