1st Edition

The Exercising Female Science and Its Application

Edited By Jacky Forsyth, Claire-Marie Roberts Copyright 2019
    304 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    304 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Exercising Female: Science and Its Application is the first book to provide students, researchers, and professionals with an evidence-based reference on the exceptional scientific issues associated with female participation in sport and exercise. Based on the latest research, and treating women as a unique population, the book seeks to critically evaluate current debates, present the science underpinning female sport and exercise performance, and inform applied practice for the exercising female.

    Featuring contributions from leading scientists from around the world, and adopting a multidisciplinary approach—from exercise physiology, endocrinology, and biochemistry to psychology, biomechanics, and sociology—the book includes chapters on topics such as:

    • Exercise and the menstrual cycle, contraception, pregnancy, motherhood, and menopause.
    • Body image, exercise dependency, the psychology of sports performance, and homophobia in female sport.
    • The Female Athlete Triad, bone health, musculoskeletal injury, and breast biomechanics.
    • Nutritional requirements for the exercising female, immune function and exercise, and cardiovascular health.

    Filling a considerable gap in book literature around the science of female sport and exercise, this is crucial reading for any student studying female sport and exercise science, researchers of female sport, and any coach, sport scientist, strength and conditioning coach, sport psychologist, physician, or physiotherapist working with female athletes.

    1. Introduction to the Exercising Female

    Jacky Forsyth and Claire-Marie Roberts

    2. The Adolescent Exercising Female

    Lindsay Woodford

    3. The Menstrual Cycle and the Exercising Female: Implications for Health and Performance

    Nancy I. Williams and Kaitlyn Ruffing

    4. Hormonal-Based Contraception and the Exercising Female

    Kirsty Jayne Elliott-Sale and Kirsty Marie Hicks

    5. Energy and the Nutritional Needs of the Exercising Female

    Joan M. Eckerson

    6. The Female Athlete Triad

    Mary Jane de Souza, Kirsten J. Koltun, Emily Southmayd, and Nicole Aurigemma

    7. Bone Health and the Exercising Female

    Jacky J. Forsyth and Karen Hind

    8. Body Image and the Exercising Female

    Sarah Grogan

    9. Exercise Addiction in the Exercising Female: An Interdisciplinary Examination

    Heather A. Hausenblas and Derek T. Y. Mann

    10. Immune Function and the Exercising Female

    Judith Allgrove and Glen Davison

    11. Musculoskeletal Injury and the Exercising Female

    Mimi Zumwalt

    12. Breast Health and the Exercising Female

    Jenny Burbage, Michelle Norris, Brogan Horler, and Tim Blackmore

    13. The Psychology of Female Sport Performance

    Claire-Marie Roberts, Leah Ferguson, and Amber Mosewich

    14. The Changing Nature of Lesbian Athletes Coming Out In Competitive Organised Team Sports

    Rachael Bullingham

    15. Pregnancy and the Exercising Female

    Robin Pickering

    16. Postnatal Depression and the Exercising Female

    Amanda J. Daley and Ruth V. Pritchett

    17. Motherhood in the Exercising Female

    Claire-Marie Roberts and Göran Kenttä

    18. Athletic Career Termination in Females

    Claire-Marie Roberts

    19. Cardiovascular Health and the Exercising Female

    Karen Birch and Gemma Lyall

    20. Menopause and the Exercising Female

    Helen Jones, Madeleine France, & David A. Low


    Jacky Forsyth is an associate professor at Staffordshire University, UK. She is a prominent researcher and speaker in the area of women’s exercise and health. Her research is centred on the interactive effect of ovarian hormones, exercise, and bone. One of her research priorities is to promote, raise awareness, and to advance understanding of the key influences, which impact the exercising female. She is vice chair 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 ultimate goal of optimising women’s athletic success and their participation'. Jacky publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals in her field.

    Claire-Marie Roberts is a senior lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, and a practising Sport Psychology consultant. Her experiences of working with athletes reflect her research interests. These include female-specific issues relating to career transitions in sport such as pregnancy and motherhood and the psychology of female sport performance. Claire-Marie is the chair of  (WISEAN), a non-executive board director of UK Anti-Doping, and a member of the Women in Sport Research Action Group.