We Hear Dina Asher-Smith, Periods Are Still A Bloody Mystery

Sprint superstar Dina Asher-Smith has revealed the cramps she experienced in her calf earlier this week, causing her to finish last in a 100m race at the European Championships, were down to her period – and we can relate.

When asked about what happened, the 26-year-old responded: “It was just ‘girl stuff’. It’s just frustrating. It’s one of those things. It’s a shame because I’m in really good shape and I was really looking to come and run fast.”

True to form, a few days later she returned to the track and qualified for the 200m final.

She has now called for more research into how periods impact performance from a sports science perspective, “because it’s huge”.

“People don’t always talk about it either,” she said. “Sometimes you see girls that have been so consistent and there’s a random dip and behind the scenes they’ve been really struggling. Everybody else will go ‘What’s that? That’s random’.

“So we could just do with more funding. I feel if it was a men’s issue there would be a million different ways to combat things.”

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