COVID-19–Considerations for the Female Athlete

Georgie Bruinvels, Nathan A. Lewis, Richard C. Blagrove, Dawn Scott, Richard J. Simpson, Aaron L. Baggish, John P. Rogers, Kathryn E. Ackerman, Charles R. Pedlar

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The SARS CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) caused the whole sporting calendar to be paused. As we embark on the challenge of navigating through the return to play (RTP) process, there is a necessity to consider the needs of all athletes. This commentary specifically considers recommendations and requirements for the female athlete with a physiological emphasis during and following the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it will be relevant for any similar future scenarios that may present. It is important to acknowledge that there remain many unknowns surrounding COVID-19 and the female athlete both in the short- and long-term.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number606799
JournalFrontiers in Sports and Active Living
StatePublished - Feb 16 2021


  • athlete
  • coronavirus
  • menstrual cycle
  • return-to-play (return-to-sport)
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Anthropology
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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