Hormone Health for Artistic Athletes
By The Circus Doc
Dr Nicola Keay
BA, MA, MB, BChir (Cantab), MRCP
This talk will explore how hormones produce beneficial effects for our health and performance across an artists' lifespan and career. We will consider the practical ways for performers to harness the power of hormones through training, nutrition and recovery. This will include how to manage hormone fluctuations such as those of the menstrual cycle and menopause. This discussion is relevant for performers of all ages and levels, together with teachers and coaches. The aim to provide knowledge and understanding about hormones so performers can make informed decisions.
Nicky is the author of “Health Hormones and Human Potential: A guide to understanding your hormones to optimise your health and performance”. Nicky is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer in the Division of Medicine University College London. She lectures and esearches in areas of exercise endocrinology, with publications in this field. Nicky’s clinical endocrine work is mainly with exercisers, dancers and athletes, with a focus on relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S) and athletes navigating perimenopause/menopause. Nicky authored the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASM) Health4performance.co.uk online resource.
Nicky has developed a novel clinical tool, modelling female hormones over the menstrual cycle using Artificial Intelligence techniques, to provide a more personalised approach for female hormone health. Nicky is medical advisor to Scottish Ballet and a keen dancer herself taking 4 ballet classes per week.
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