Special Issue "Woman in Sports: Performance, Participation and Health"

A special issue of Women (ISSN 2673-4184).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Thayse Natacha Gomes
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Guest Editor
Department of Physical Education, Federal University of Sergipe, São Cristóvão, Sergipe 49100-000, Brazil
Interests: metabolic risk factors; epidemiology of physical activity; young athlete; human development
Dr. Sarita Baciotti
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Guest Editor
Department of Physical Education, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, 79070-900, Brazil
Interests: gymnastics; sports performance; young athletes
Dr. Sara Pereira
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Guest Editor
Centre of Research, Education, Innovation and Intervention in Sport (CIFI2D), Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, 4200-450 Porto, Portugal
Interests: human growth; motor development; physical activity epidemiology; genetic epidemiology; health-related behaviours

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Female involvement in sports events has increased in recent years. This trend is due to changes in some social and cultural aspects that allow for a higher participation of girls and women in sports practice, leading to an increase in the number of female athletes of all ages, and also to increments in their performance over the years. Sports practice can provide positive perceptions of mental and physical wellbeing, as well as increments in the health status of its practitioners, being a relevant venue to promote health and improve quality of life. However, little attention has been paid to better understanding factors related to sports practice/involvement, performance, and associated health-related aspects in this group. This Special Issue plans to give an overview of the most recent advances in the field of women in sport, considering athletes’ performance, health-related aspects, and factors associated with sports and physical activity involvement. This Special Issue is aimed at providing selected contributions on advances in the area.

Potential topics include:

  • Female athletes: physiological, metabolic and nutritional aspects;
  • Training monitoring and control in female athletes;
  • Sports participation and barriers to women;
  • Sports and women’s health;
  • Women and sports: cultural aspects;
  • Trends in female sports participation/practice.

Dr. Thayse Natacha Gomes
Dr. Sarita Baciotti
Dr. Sara Pereira
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Women is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • female athletes
  • women’s health
  • women’s performance

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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