Nottingham Trent University Associate Professor Dr Kirsty Elliott-Sale shares expertise in BBC Sport article about elite female athletes and motherhood


BBC Sport quotes expertise of NTUs Dr Kirsty Elliott-Sale

BBC Sport quotes expertise of NTU's Dr Kirsty Elliott-Sale

 June 09, 2021

Dr Kirsty Elliott-Sale is an Associate Professor at Nottingham Trent University for the School of Science & Technology and Head of the Musculoskeletal Physiology Research Group. She teaches mainly in the areas of Exercise Physiology and particularly in Female Physiology, Performance, and Health. 

Dr Elliott-Sale has more than 20 years of experience working predominately with females, particularly with elite female athletes and maternal populations, and has an international reputation in female endocrinology and musculoskeletal physiology.

In a BBC Sport article about how elite cricket players are matching their careers to motherhood, Dr Elliott-Sale gives her expert view as three players share their stories. 

Dr Elliott-Sale describes athletes who are mothers as "superstars" who must "learn to adapt to significant changes". 

While no experience is universal, Dr Elliott-Sale found that weight retention and overall changes in body shape can be "quite persistent", and pelvic floor-related dysfunction can "often be a long-term issue", which is why it's important that sports players are given financial security and support both during pregnancy and after childbirth.

Read the full article featuring Nottingham Trent University's Dr Kirsty Elliott-Sale.


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