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These effects may have the greatest impact on elite athletes. Leonard Zhukovsky/ Shutterstock

How periods and the pill affect athletic performance

Some evidence shows that hormonal fluctuations throughout the menstrual cycle can both increase and decrease athletic performance.
Women in track and field must be involved in any planning around safety for all in the sport. (Shutterstock)

We must pay attention to Canada’s #MeToo moment in sports

There needs to be significant change in the administration of athletics programs. The global pause in sporting competitions is a unique opportunity to begin the urgent work of making it safe for women
Ju Wenjun, the reigning Women’s World Chess Champion, will defend her title against Aleksandra Goryachkina, of Russia this month. Photo from an earlier encounter in September 2019. David Llada

Why there’s a separate World Chess Championship for women

As the Women’s World Chess Championship takes place in China and Russia this month, Alexey Root, an expert on chess in education, weighs in on the benefits of having a separate championship for women.
The Toronto Furies huddle up before their match-up against crosstown rivals, the Markham Thunder. Photo Credit: Dave Holland

Women’s hockey has avid fans but needs a corporate cash infusion

Corporate brands have a potentially lucrative opportunity with women’s hockey. All they need to do is have a little imagination and take a chance on long-term potential.
Gap released a back-to-school ad campaign a couple weeks ago which included a picture of a young girl wearing a hijab which raised many questions for many people. Gap Inc.

Gap back-to-school ‘hijab ad’ ignites social media

Gap's recent back-to-school ad campaign was praised for its portrayal of the diversity of children. One of the girls in the ads was wearing a hijab: this raised a huge debate on social media.
Through the 2018 WNBA All-Star game on July 28, viewership was up 38 percent compared to the same point last year. AP Photo/Stacy Bengs

The case for boosting WNBA player salaries

Like the WNBA, the NBA went through fits and starts in its early years. Yet despite drawing similar crowds in the 1960s, NBA players earned far bigger paychecks than today's WNBA stars receive.
Fitness apps can encourage people to throw out their own training plans and to instead, “race everyday.” (Shutterstock)

I’m a fitness app addict but I know they sabotage my workouts

Fitness apps which allow millions of users to virtually compete with each other can provide inspiration however, they may also be putting users in danger.
The elite women at the starting line of the 2017 Boston Marathon, a 26.2-mile distance competition. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Boston Marathon: How advertisers target female runners

Women endurance runners are being celebrated in the advertising world yet the ads also create negative sentiments by focusing on 'ideal' running bodies - long, lean and masculine.
Canada’s Andi Naude, who came into the Olympics ranked No. 2 in the world in women’s mogul skiing, reacts after failing to complete her final run at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The agony of defeat: How Olympians can deal with failure

Failure is something all athletes need to deal with, especially when competing on the world stage that is the Olympics. Learning self-compassion can help athletes rebound from setbacks.

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