If you are female team sport player this new review article will be of interest.

Photo credit: Driffield RUFC Ladies XV

Renard and colleagues (2021) have just published a summary of research looking at comparing the food intake of female team sport participants to recommendations for both health and performance. The article is titled, “How Does the Dietary Intake of Female Field-Based Team Sport Athletes Compare to Dietary Recommendations for Health and Performance? A Systematic Literature Review” and can be found here.

Of interest within the findings are:

IRON

Studies reviewed showed few iron intakes that met the recommendation of 14.8 mg per day for females aged 11–50 years. This risk of iron deficiency supports previous research that indicated a combination of dietary inadequacy, reductions in iron status due to heavy physical activity, and blood losses during menstruation periods all impacting iron status.

VITAMIN D

Deficiency was recorded in 33 to 43% of females. The authors highlighted that this low dietary intake of vitamin D, as observed in female field-based team sport athletes, may still be indicative of a requirement for vitamin D status to be assessed given the negative impact deficiency can have on bone density and stress fracture risk.

NEXT STEPS

Look at your own diet and regular food choices and refer to previous blogs (here and here) at good food choices and appropriate supplements to support low levels of Vitamin D. Plus we have reported good food options for Iron (here).

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Thank you Bigvits local ladies rugby team, Driffield RUFC Ladies XV for the photograph.

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