Rita Santos Rocha: Polytechnic University of Santarém, Santarém, Portugal
Anna Szumilewicz: Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, Gdansk Poland
Submission Status: Open | Submission Deadline: 31 March 2024
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth is calling for submissions to our Collection on Female athletes in pregnancy and postpartum.
Female athletes face unique challenges during the periods of pregnancy and postpartum due to the combined physical and mental demands of both competitive sports and pregnancy. Pregnancy and childbirth have both short-term and long-term effects on a woman's health, and for athletes, these effects can impact their athletic careers. During pregnancy, athletes may have to modify, reduce, or fully stop training and competition. The postpartum period can be a challenging time for female athletes, as they navigate recovery and return to sport with bodies that have been changed, in large or small ways, by pregnancy and childbirth. By gaining a deeper understanding of the effects of pregnancy and postpartum on female athletes, we can improve their health outcomes and support their continued success in sports.