The Daily Telegraph
Dr Emma Ross on … What every girl should know about puberty and sport
Girls are still great athletes during puberty – even though they might feel like they are changing enormously. It can take two to three years for girls to really get used to having a regular menstrual cycle, which is going to affect girls physically and emotionally. Girls have a more emotional relationship with food than boys. Boys will eat to fuel, and there is no stigma attached to eating big plates of food. That is different for girls – society creates this dangerous image of what they should look like. Girls may have a slight plateau in athletic performance, as they experience a greater distribution of fat mass as a result of the sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone. The message I always give, though, is stick at your sport.