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Conclusion

The hypothesis that women athletes with iron deficiencies perform better with iron supplements is proven to be correct.

About 40% to 80% of women in developing countries have iron deficiencies. Women who are vegetarians, or if they are pre-menopausal and those who are active in physical activities are especially vulnerable to having iron shortages in their body. Iron supplements are beneficial, but as always, you should consult a doctor or a nutritionist before taking them.

Also consider

This science fair project can also be done by testing women with normal iron levels. However, participants need to consult a doctor before taking the supplements.

Will you see the same results with male athletes?
 

References

Iron supplement benefits depend on stage of deficiency - http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Iron-supplement-benefits-depend-on-stage-of-deficiency

Iron and the endurance athlete - http://home.trainingpeaks.com/articles/nutrition/iron-and-the-endurance-athlete.aspx
 

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Complexity level:
7
Project cost ($):
200
Time required:
1 hour to prepare, 14 days to conduct the science project experiment
Material availability:
You will need access to a doctor and the necessary equipment to perform the iron-deficiency tests. You will also need access to a gymnasium for the treadmill.
Safety concerns:

Ensure that a doctor is consulted before the iron supplements are prescribed to the participants.