Did You Know?
- From the medical literature, we know that prior to approximately 12 years of age, there are virtually no sex-related differences in physiological abilities or performance between girls and boys. Differences at this time are primarily the result of training opportunities, exposure, and skill development.
- As Dr. Dan Freigang states in the movie Kick Like A Girl, we encourage boys to take more risks in life, and we protect girls more.
- After Title IX passed in 1972, allowing young women to compete for athletic scholarships once open only to young men, the number of girls participating in high school sports increased by over 400%.
- We know that opportunity, access, encouragement, and exposure are critical for children to grow and develop in the classroom as well as on the playing field.
- Allowing girls to reach their potential requires us to challenge sex role expectations.
Researchers have found that organized athletic participation is positively related to:
- Improved physical and mental health
- Decreased likelihood of dropping out of school
- Greater self-concept and sense of control
- Significantly lower rates of sexual activity
- Improved school grades
- Higher standardized achievement scores
- Higher college attendance and degree sought
- Greater advancement in college
Did you know that there is less than an 11-minute difference between the male and female world records in the marathon? The women's is 2:15:25, the men's is 2:04:26. Check out this site for an interesting graph!
Resources: Melpomene Journal Journal of American Medicine, The Women's Sports Foundation Center For Disease Control