I daresay that melatonin is not the most exciting topic to be writing about in 2020 and you might wonder what I have to add. Well it’s a bit of an understatement to say I have an interest in women’s physiology. And for that reason, I want to look at three (relatively) less well known benefits of melatonin for women. Since my voice is shot from singing karaoke (no really) and I wrote the article first, there won’t be a video.
Benefits of Melatonin for Women
Melatonin is a chemical produced in the brain that, among its other roles, regulates human sleep/wake cycles (see below). Certainly both women and men produce melatonin and it plays a similar if not identical role in both sexes. As well, there’s no doubt that it has potential benefits in both sexes.
So why am I writing an article specifically about the benefits of melatonin for women?… Keep Reading
In A History of Women in Sport Part 1, I looked at the changes that occurred during the 20th century in term’s women’s involvement and acceptance in sport. Today I want to follow that up by looking at the changes that have continued to occur into the modern era.
Women in Sport Part 5: The Modern Era
As I write this chapter in 2018, the status of women’s sport has changed even further with more progress having been made. At the Olympic level, women now make up 45% of the total athletes attending the games (3). A similar pattern is seen in American sports with 45% of both high-school and collegiate athletes being female (4,5). I have no statistics but get the sense that the same general pattern is occurring in many other Western countries.
In the same way, I suspect that those changes are still not occurring in less economically disadvantaged countries or where older social stigma still exists about what is and is not an appropriate role for women.… Keep Reading
Today I want to post an excerpt from The Women’s Book Vol 2 (which will deal with training) which is A History of Women in Sport. Since it’s nearly 11 pages, I am going to divide it into two parts. Today I will look at the involvement, development and other aspects of women in sport from the turn of the century up until the start of the modern era and will finish next week with the modern era and beyond.
A Brief History of Women in Sport
In Volume 1 of this book, I addressed at least briefly that, for the majority of time sports have been contested, men have made up the majority of both competitors and coaches (it’s also likely that they were the primary audience as well).
Practically this means that the majority of athletes and coaches (and probably spectators) have been men which means that the approaches taken to training, diet, etc.… Keep Reading
Since the women’s book is actually nearing completion (I’m about halfway through editing the final draft), I figured it was time to post up another excerpt. This is from Chapter 18 on Goal Setting and deals with women’s muscular potential in terms of how much lean body mass (LBM)/muscle they might carry.
Now, I have addressed this in a previous article, presenting my own and other models although most had less to do with maximum muscular potential and more with the amount of weight/muscle that might be gained during the first several years of training (added together these predict maximum potential). The numbers were also based on men although I at least noted that women should realistically reduce the values by perhaps half
Martin Berkhan’s model was the only that really addressed maximum potential (based on height) and while he has updated it recently, he did not present data for women due to a lack of an adequate sample size.… Keep Reading
Since I got behind on writing this week (I had to set up for a 3 hour webinar yesterday), I’m running an excerpt from the forthcoming women’s book (which is coming along I promise) about research on women and why there isn’t more of it. It’s probably subtly different from what is actually in the book since I did a lot of rewriting but hopefully gets the concepts across. There’s exactly nothing practical here, it’s just kind of some interesting (I hope) blather to introduce the topic.
Research on Women: Part 1
For a number of reasons, a great deal of early research (with the possible exception of diet research) was done on males. This was especially true in the athletic realm and especially in the early days of sports science research. It wasn’t until about the 80’s when a great deal of the gender specific or comparative research really started to be done (1).… Keep Reading