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Old 01-03-2011, 06:38 PM   #1
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I came across this little gem and thought some may find it useful, not only for female readers but also for men since they have girlfriends and wives that may be lifting.

BBC NEWS | Health | Menstrual cycle injury risk link


It comes in particularly useful when deciding on dates to go for 1RM attempts and such, since we can't just decide to stop all heavier lifting for 2 weeks of every month; but what I did find thought provoking was the part about joint integrity and strength at particular times throughout the menstrual cycle which means I can, with that knowledge, make a better choice of date on which to try for a higher 1RM middle-finger DL and so forth and then only need to worry about the normal things, weight load and bad form etc.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:43 PM   #2
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Interesting.

One thing that's off topic but related is period headaches. My wife gets brutal headaches when not lifting, but when lifting them go away completely.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:28 PM   #3
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Interesting.

One thing that's off topic but related is period headaches. My wife gets brutal headaches when not lifting, but when lifting them go away completely.
Yeah, it's no fun; apparently that gets worse at perimenopause and menopause, something to do with the estrogen drop off...maybe best not to mention it to her though, no-one wants to know it'll get worse when it's already hell
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This is a good quote (for me) to remember:

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Both tissues appear to be vulnerable midway through the menstrual cycle, while the ligaments are at greater risk at the end.

Midway through the cycle, the level of the female sex hormone oestrogen, which gives strength to muscles and ligaments, drops dramatically, resulting in sudden weakness.
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Bumping for new female members' interest and for those that may want to pass the information along to other female lifters as well.
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This is crazy! I had no idea but I do get more sore or have trouble lifting heavy when I'm on my cycle. This would explain it.
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Thanks for sharing the article 5kg! I read a similar article sometime last year and it was like a lightbulb went off...it really made a difference and totally explained those times when I had a COMPLETELY off WEEK
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