The objective is to normalise and drive necessary conversation around the topic of women’s health and menstrual cycles within the cricket ecosystem.
The U19 Women’s T20 World Cup was the first phase of the programme, where menstrual health was the primary focus, with the education expanding to breast and pelvic floor health at the Women’s T20 World Cup. The aim was to educate players and support staff on how women’s health can affect performance, what is normal and when to seek help.
Health education workshops will also be expanded beyond global events and delivered at ICC Women’s T20 World Cup pathway events across the five participating regions in 2023, beginning with the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Division 2 Qualifier in Jersey which starts on Monday (29 May 2023).
Chair of the ICC Medical Advisory Committee, Dr Peter Harcourt said: “Women’s cricket is growing exponentially and the ICC Medical team is focussed on providing female cricketers with the support required to help them succeed. Menstrual health is an integral part of a female athlete’s journey that is often relegated in importance but has been known to have a significant impact on wellbeing and performance.
“The ICC is pleased with the positive feedback received from players and support staff at the menstrual health workshops delivered at the two women’s events in South Africa. We will continue to focus on building awareness, delivering education, and effectively supporting female cricketers in the area of women’s health.”