“With this project, we’ve realised the importance of eating, looking after yourself, recovery and making our body strong for performance, not just to look at.”
A new British Rowing research project, Project Minerva, is focussed on supporting the health of female athletes.
Using saliva testing to track hormones and the menstrual cycle alongside other training markers such as heart rate monitors to measure exertion, the project aims to make training more personalised and productive, in turn producing healthier and stronger athletes.
Project Minerva started a year ago with just eight volunteers – now, all but a handful of the GB squad are taking part.
The hope is that the initiative will be rolled out across other elite sports in years to come.
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