PPEP Talk® Sports
Many young athletes are sidelined by painful periods, pelvic pain, and endometriosis, hindering equal opportunity in sports. We aim to change this by providing education and support through our program.
The incidence of persistent pain conditions peaks in females and those assigned female at birth between the ages of 11 and 18, correlating with a significant drop out in organised sport. Our goal is to educate and empower athletes and clubs to identify and manage problematic periods and keep young people in sport.
PPEP Talk® Sports is an engaging, age-appropriate and medically accurate program. It integrates modern neuroscience of pain and connects menstrual cycle information with training, aiming to empower and educate young athletes. PPEP Talk® addresses the number one priority of the National Action Plan for Endometriosis – education and awareness.
1 in 4 girls and people assigned female at birth will experience regular severe period pain, with approximately half of these people developing endometriosis during their teens in twenties. PPEP Talk® Sports, lasting one hour, is delivered by AHPRA registered trained educators and incorporates animation, video and interactive components. It includes specifically developed resources for use during the session and resources for athletes with pain to take home and discuss with their families and club.
The 60-minute session is followed by an opportunity for individual athletes, or club members, with specific or personal pain concerns to discuss these with the program educator individually. In this way, PPEP Talk® provides early intervention and supports girls, families, coaches, support personnel, and clubs at a time when pain is more easily managed, and the life effects of pain and missed sport attendance can be most efficiently minimised.
PPEP Talk® Sports in South Australia
Funded by Active Inclusion and the South Australian Office for Recreation, Sport, and Racing, we’re currently providing this invaluable program at no cost to all South Australian Sporting Groups and Leagues as part of the Game changing. Period. project.
PPEP Talk® Sports in All Other States & Territories
Funded by the Federal Government Department of Health with support from State and Territory Governments through the National Action Plan for Endometriosis.
Clinical Educator Julia McShane with West Coast Eagles AFLW Team
Clinical Educator Carlie Beattie with Basketball Tasmania U-16 Team
For coaches and support figures (parents, team managers, board members, etc.), we provide a session loaded with practical tools to keep young athletes in the game and guidelines for fostering period-positive sports environments.
The program aims to:
- Enhance coaches’ and support staff’s comprehension of the physiological intricacies of the menstrual cycle.
- Illustrate ways in which coaches can utilise this understanding to tailor players’ training programs effectively.
- Develop a comprehensive awareness of the manifestations of period and pelvic pain, and establish a toolkit for players to effectively manage discomfort, ensuring continuous participation in sports.
- Elevate the overall player availability within the team.
- Equip coaches and supporters with the strategies to effectively manage pelvic pain, thereby reducing training and performance disruptions.
For players, we've designed a presentation packed with crucial insights into period pain, pelvic pain, endometriosis, and the interplay between menstrual cycles and training.
The program aims to:
- Enhance player knowledge of the menstrual cycle and cycle tracking to empower players in understanding their bodies and utilising this insight for informed training.
- Aid players in distinguishing between normal and abnormal pain experiences.
- Provide players with straightforward strategies for pain management, ensuring their continued participation in beloved sports.
- Expand player awareness of endometriosis, its potential manifestations, and guide them on navigating the healthcare system for effective pain control.
- Boost mental health and overall well-being