CHRISTINE YU- Sports Science and Women Athletes

Today I speak with Christine Yu, a writer who investigates the intersection of sports science and women athletes. Her writing has appeared in Outside, The Washington Post, Runner’s World, and other publications. She’s a lifelong athlete and yoga teacher who loves running, surfing, and skiing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Christine is a mom of two boys (ages 13 and 16) and physical activity and sports have always been a part of her life. Going into pregnancy and postpartum, she felt like she had zero guidance, which was a big part of the reason why she wanted to address specific life stages in her book, Up To Speed. 

We  talk about:

-her experience running during pregnancy and postpartum

-writing about women in sports and the intersection with science

-lack of research about women in sport

-educating youth coaches

-accommodating developmental stages in youth athletes

-expectations for 6 week postpartum visit

-lack of research for perimenopause and menopause 

Time Stamps

1:00 introduction

3:40 returning to running postpartum

4:50 deciding to write about women in sports

10:03 needing women researchers

14:15 intervention with young athletes

18:55 the business of youth sports

24:30 disparity between girls and boys rules in sports

26:30 interviews in the book

29:44 diving into the chapters

33:25 previous research in pregnancy

36:45 perimenopause and menopause

43:15 biggest takeaway from writing the book







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