The new menstrual tracking programme is part of Vodafone’s PLAYER.Connect platform, which aggregates data from athletes’ wearable devices in real-time, allowing for instant analysis.
- Landmark Vodafone PLAYER.Connect technology will allow Wales Women’s Rugby team to analyse how the menstrual cycle impacts performance, wellbeing and recovery.
- The team is using Vodafone’s technology throughout its TikTok Women’s Six Nations campaign, the first female side to do so.
- Recent studies show that 67% of female rugby players believe menstrual cycle-related symptoms severely impact their performance.
- The new menstrual tracking programme is part of Vodafone’s PLAYER.Connect platform, which aggregates data from athletes’ wearable devices in real-time, allowing for instant analysis.
- As Founding Principal Partner of Women’s and Girls’ Rugby, Vodafone is committed to providing female athletes with the support they need to help manage these symptoms and is working with Cardiff Metropolitan University on a long-term research study using the data gathered from PLAYER.Connect.
As Founding Principal Partner of Wales Women’s and Girls’ rugby, Vodafone has added menstrual cycle tracking technology to its revolutionary PLAYER.Connect platform, which will help the Wales Women’s rugby team analyse how the menstrual cycle impacts performance, wellbeing and recovery.
The platform is currently being used by Wales Women throughout the Women’s Six Nations 2023 campaign and beyond, the first women’s side to do so. This has already had a significant impact on their training and preparation, with WRU National Women’s Physiotherapist, Jo Perkins, saying: “PLAYER.Connect gives us information in real time, and is far more user friendly. That means we can quickly implement strategies, inform change, avoid injuries, and help players reach their peak preparation ahead of each fixture.”
Vodafone’s mobile-first PLAYER.Connect platform gathers data on players’ performance, menstrual cycle phases and mental and physical wellbeing, by combining data from wearable devices such as GPS trackers in real time. This is in addition to input from the players themselves, via daily ‘morning monitoring’ – a series of questions answered by the players on arrival at training. A full breakdown of the data being captured is available in the notes below.