The ‘Female Athlete Health Group’, which conducted the research, then ran a second survey amongst London Marathon athletes to prevent bias.It found that out of 1,073 women, almost a third felt their performance was affected by their periods, and 36 per cent had suffered from heavy menstrual bleeding, known as menorrhagia.The true extent of this menstrual effect in sport has never really been explored, but now new research shows that this is a common problem.More than half of 789 female athletes surveyed online (55 per cent) by UCL and St Mary’s University said their menstrual cycle impacts their training and performance.“I decided to just take some midol, hope I wouldn’t cramp, bleed freely and just run.” This sense of stigma is something that researchers also noted, as only 22 per cent sought medical help for heavy bleeding.According to the NHS, heavy bleeding “can affect a woman physically, emotionally and socially”, and could be treated with medication, or even surgery."It’s something we have never been shy talking about." Hopefully now more women in sport will come forward and join them in speaking up about their periods too.If you want to support UCL and St Mary's research, you can donate on their crowd-funding page The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.
Now that Adidas has decided Kendall Jenner is a worthy ambassador, it seems she's making the switch from rappers to pro athletes.Aside from a getting a career-jeopardizing injury or being arrested for a major crime , the biggest setback a pro athlete can face just might be hooking up with a Kardashian.Ignoring the countless football and basketball players whose careers have suffered after dating one of the reality series-spawned sisters, Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin is reportedly now totally kicking it with supermodel Kendall Jenner.Here are some of the Kardashian prop bets on Bodog.com: You can bet on which sport Kim's next boyfriend will play (football is the favorite at -200). But everyone who says Kim will be shacking up with another athlete before New Year's, you can now put your money where your mouth is.You can bet on which will happen first: Kim will get engaged (-250) or Khloe will get divorced ( 170). "Will Kim date Tiger Woods, Jesse James, or Ashton Kutcher in 2011-2012?