A single online education session improves menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptive knowledge in elite female basketball players and their support staff

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Larsen, B., Minahan, C., McLay-Cooke, R., Cox, K. and Bird, S.. 2022. "A single online education session improves menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptive knowledge in elite female basketball players and their support staff." New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine. 49 (1), pp. 16-22.
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A single online education session improves menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptive knowledge in elite female basketball players and their support staff

ERA Journal ID9791
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AuthorsLarsen, B., Minahan, C., McLay-Cooke, R., Cox, K. and Bird, S.
Journal TitleNew Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine
Journal Citation49 (1), pp. 16-22
Year2022
ISSN0110-6384
Web Address (URL)https://sportsmedicine.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/NZ-Journal-of-Sports-Medicine-2022-Vol-49-1.pdf#page=14
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Aim: To assess the effecGveness of an online educaGon intervenGon in improving menstrual cycle (MC) and hormonal contracepGve (HC) knowledge in elite female basketball athletes and support staff. Study design: Survey. SeYng: Face-to-face and online survey administraGon; online educaGon session (Zoom). Par>cipants/subjects: The Basketball New Zealand Senior Women’s NaGonal team (n = 12) parGcipated in this study, plus four staff (head coach, assistant coach, physiotherapist, and manager; total n = 16). Interven>ons: A 30-min online educaGon session on basic female hormonal physiology and HC opGons. Outcome measures: ParGcipants (n = 16) completed a Knowledge QuesGonnaire to establish their baseline level of MC and HC knowledge. Female parGcipants (n = 15) also completed a Prevalence QuesGonnaire to characterise their MC history and HC use (past and present). ParGcipants were then invited to aYend a 30-min online educaGon session before repeaGng the Knowledge QuesGonnaire. Correct responses on each quesGonnaire were tallied to determine an overall ‘knowledge score’ (maximum score = 25), allowing for comparisons in knowledge pre- and post-intervenGon. Results: Knowledge of the MC and HCs was iniGally low (10.2 ± 5.6 out of 25 marks) despite most parGcipants being women and 60% currently or previously using HCs. There was a significant improvement in knowledge score post-intervenGon (19.0 ± 4.0 marks), with a mean change of 8.8 marks (95% CI: 5.9 to 11.7 marks; means only consider those that completed both surveys, n = 10). Conclusions: Knowledge surrounding the MC and HC opGons was poor amongst elite female basketball athletes and support staff. However, a 30-min online educaGon session significantly improved knowledge pertaining to athletes’ menstrual health. These results encourage focused educaGon intervenGons surrounding MC and HCs, which may assist athletes in making informed decisions regarding their MC and use (or non-use) of HCs to opGmise health and performance.

Keywordsfemale athletes; contraception; menstrual health; female sex hormones
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ANZSRC Field of Research 20204207. Sports science and exercise
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High Performance Sport New Zealand
Basketball New Zealand, New Zealand
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Updated protocol and guest participant results from the ACCeRT clinical study
Rogers, Elaine S., Sasidharan, Rita, Sequeira, Graeme M., Wood, Matthew R., Bird, Stephen P., Keogh, Justin W.L., Arroll, Bruce, Stewart, Joanna and MacLeod, Roderick D.. 2020. "Updated protocol and guest participant results from the ACCeRT clinical study." Journal of Basic Research in Medical Sciences. 7 (1), pp. 10-21.
A multi-targeted treatment approch to cancer cachexia: Auckland's Cancer Cachexia evaluating Resistance Training (ACCeRT) trial
Rogers, Elaine S., Sasidharan, Rita, Sequeira, Graeme M., Wood, Matthew R., Bird, Stephen P., Keogh, Justin W.L., Arroll, Bruce, Stewart, Joanna and MacLeod, Roderick D.. 2020. "A multi-targeted treatment approch to cancer cachexia: Auckland's Cancer Cachexia evaluating Resistance Training (ACCeRT) trial." JCSM Rapid Communications. 3 (1), pp. 11-24. https://doi.org/10.1002/rco2.10
Nutritional knowledge of youth academy athletes
Bird, Stephen P. and Rushton, Benjamin D.. 2020. "Nutritional knowledge of youth academy athletes." BMC Nutrition. 6, pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40795-020-00360-9
Podcasts as an eLearning educational tool
Bird, Stephen P.. 2020. "Podcasts as an eLearning educational tool." University of Southern Queensland 25th Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Group Research Symposium: Uncertain times: Adaptability in the areas of work, study and research. Online 24 Jun 2020
Basketball New Zealand COVID-19 return to training and competition framework: guidelines for safe return to training and competition for coaches and players
King, Leonard, Osborne, Hamish, Bird, Stephen P. and Huyghe, Thomas. 2020. Basketball New Zealand COVID-19 return to training and competition framework: guidelines for safe return to training and competition for coaches and players. Wellington, New Zealand. Basketball New Zealand.
Season suspension and summer extension: Unique opportunity for professional team-sport athletes and support staff during and following the COVID-19 crisis
Huyghe, Thomas G., Bird, Stephen P., Calleja-Gonzalez, Julio and Alcaraz, Pedro E.. 2020. "Season suspension and summer extension: Unique opportunity for professional team-sport athletes and support staff during and following the COVID-19 crisis." Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. 2 (98). https://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2020.00098
Welcome to the International Universities Strength and Conditioning Association Journal: publishing research with a view to the future
Bird, Stephen P.. 2020. "Welcome to the International Universities Strength and Conditioning Association Journal: publishing research with a view to the future." International Universities Strength and Conditioning Association Journal. 1 (1).
Bridging the gap: why strength and conditioning practitioners and researchers should collaborate
Langford, Andrew and Bird, Stephen P.. 2020. "Bridging the gap: why strength and conditioning practitioners and researchers should collaborate." International Universities Strength and Conditioning Association Journal. 1 (1).
The impact of sleep restriction and simulated physical firefighting work on acute inflammatory stress responses
Wolkow, Alexander, Ferguson, Sally A., Vincent, Grace E., Larsen, Brianna, Aisbett, Brad and Main, Luana C.. 2015. "The impact of sleep restriction and simulated physical firefighting work on acute inflammatory stress responses." PLoS One. 10 (9), pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0138128
Task-specific effects of modular body armor
Larsen, Brianna, Netto, Kevin and Aisbett, Brad. 2014. "Task-specific effects of modular body armor." Military Medicine: international journal of AMSUS. 179 (4), pp. 428-434. https://doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-13-00318
Body armor, performance, and physiology during repeated high-intensity work task
Larsen, Brianna, Netto, Kevin, Skovli, Daniel, Vincs, Kim, Vu, Sarah and Aisbett, Brad. 2012. "Body armor, performance, and physiology during repeated high-intensity work task." Military Medicine: international journal of AMSUS. 177 (11), pp. 1308-1315. https://doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-11-00435
The effect of body armor on performance, thermal stress, and exertion: a critical review
Larsen, Brianna, Netto, Kevin and Aisbett, Brad. 2011. "The effect of body armor on performance, thermal stress, and exertion: a critical review." Military Medicine: international journal of AMSUS. 176 (11), pp. 1265-1273. https://doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-10-00470