Women in Sport and Exercise Conference

This year’s Women in Sport and Exercise Conference: Blood, Sweat and Fears will take place at Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent on 13th and 14th June.

The aim of the conference is to debate the female-specific health and medical issues arising from physical activity and sport, and to raise awareness of the issues and opportunities for women’s exercise participation.

There will be two REPs CPD points available for those who attend.

Conference keynotes come from Annamarie Phelps CBE OLY, Vice Chair of the British Olympic Association and an advocate for safe and inclusive sport for all; Angela Smith, who was instrumental in the formation of the women's squash professional organisation and circuit; and Lisa O’Keefe, Insight Director at Sport England, who will be sharing the story behind their ‘This Girl Can’ campaign.

There will also be invited and guest speakers, from university academics, medical professionals, and from organisations such as Women in Sport.

Topics include: nutrition for the exercising female; body image; cardiovascular health, female hormones and exercise; lifestyle interventions for women’s health issues; male/female differences in pacing, fatigue and tactics of winning races; breast biomechanics and health implications; bone health; female sports endocrinology; the benefits and risks of menstruation and sport; the menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptives; gender diversity in women’s coaching; concussion and the female athlete; the impact of puberty on girls’ attitudes towards sport; a performance psychology approach to building confidence; physical activity for pregnant women; iron deficiency; motherhood as an athletic career transition; homophobia; and diversity.

A wide range of delegates are expected to attend, including researchers, academics, athletes, coaches, students, and those involved in the governance of sport.

* The Women in Sport and Exercise conference forms part of the Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network (WISEAN), the aim of which is to grow, strengthen and promote research on women in sport and exercise, with the goal of optimising women’s athletic success and their participation. Through the conference and network, the aim is to promote and grow research expertise and collaboration.