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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.
Former Les Canadiennes de Montréal players Mélodie Daoust, Marie-Philip Poulin and Ann-Sophie Bettez wait for their shift at a Dream Gap Tour game in Toronto. (Courtney/flickr)

A union of women’s hockey players looking for a league of its own

Professional women's hockey is trying to emerge from a crisis by creating a players' union to improve pay and working conditions.
Bianca Andreescu serves to Serena Williams during the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships, on her way to making Canadian history. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Andreescu’s meteoric rise shows what happens when we value women’s sport

Bianca Andreescu's success provides an example of how to cover women’s sport and promote the athletic achievement of female athletes with hype and enthusiasm.
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.
Carlton’s Sarah Hosking in action in the 2019 AFLW grand final. AAP Image/David Mariuz

Three years in, is the AFLW kicking goals?

The AFLW has come a long way in a short time. But amid calls for even faster expansion, more games and a longer season, it pays to remember that in footy you shouldn't go too hard, too early.
China’s professional men’s soccer team did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Ibrahem Alomari/Reuters

China cannot spend its way to soccer greatness

China want to win the World Cup by 2050. This year, its team didn't even qualify for the tournament. China has money, power and a dream – but that doesn't add up to soccer brilliance.
Not so “ladylike” – the netball rivalry between Australian and New Zealand will continue at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Ross Setford/AAP

From ‘good temper and pluck’ to fierce international rivalry: the story of netball

Commonwealth Games netball is an intensely physical and competitive affair. It's a far cry from netball's roots – the game was designed to shape women into model middle-class citizens.
Big hitter: England’s Tammy Beaumont. Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Women cricketers hit sixes too

And they are attracting record crowds: Lord's is a sellout for England vs India in the World Cup Final.

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