Strength and power throughout the menstrual cycle
Purpose: The purpose was to determine if maximal muscle performance varies across the menstrual cycle because historically this measurement has been left out of research and women report feeling differences between phases. Strength and ballistic force production were measured in normally cycling eumenorrheic women and in women on hormonal birth control. We expected greater performance during the follicular vs. luteal phase because of fluctuating hormones, specifically estrogen, for the normally cycling women and more constant values for women on birth control because of the lack of fluctuating ...
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