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Exercise and Sport: Their Influences on Women's Health Across the Lifespan

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In this era of gender equity in an obesogenic environment, girls and women of all ages are now engaging in exercise activities for improved health and elite sports performance. There is a plethora of literature documenting the body's physiological responses to exercise, promotion of exercise for medical ...

In this era of gender equity in an obesogenic environment, girls and women of all ages are now engaging in exercise activities for improved health and elite sports performance. There is a plethora of literature documenting the body's physiological responses to exercise, promotion of exercise for medical therapy and disease prevention, as well as studies aimed towards enhancing sports performance. Despite all of this research, there is still a significant gender bias focused on males and their physiological reactions to exercise. This approach ignores the fundamental reproductive physiological differences between men and women across the spectrum of the clinical exercise, exercise and sports sciences and different life events that likely influence response to exercise interventions.

In this Research Topic, we wish to explore the unique acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise and training in women and the role of exercise interventions across the spectrum of health promotion to sports performance in women across the lifespan. We welcome researchers to submit manuscripts of original research or systematic reviews with meta-analysis on the following women’s health topics:

1) Gender differences and/or changes across the lifespan (adolescence, reproductive years, and menopause) in physiological (cardiovascular, endocrine, metabolic, reproductive, etc.) responses to exercise and training
2) Interactions between exercise and the menstrual cycle, implications for the athlete performance, injury prevalence and overall health in women
3) Exercise and pregnancy, with focus on both pre-conception and post-partum periods
4) Exercise and chronic diseases in women (cardiovascular disease, gestational diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, type 2 diabetes)
5) Impact of contraception or hormone replacement therapy on physiological responses of the body systems to exercise and training in women


Keywords: Exercise Interventions, Chronic disease and cancer, Injury prevalence and prevention, Pregnancy, Reproductive hormones


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