10 Dec

I mentioned a month or two ago how impressed I am with the Women’s Sports Foundation. My respect for the foundation increases when I found their article, “Women’s Sports and Physical Activity Statistics.” While I highly recommend you check this out because the stats are fascinating, here are some I found most interesting.

  • Of those students attending NCAA Division I schools, female athletes post the highest graduation rates, followed-by female students in general, male students and male athletes. (NCAA Research Related to Graduation Rates of Division I Student-Athletes, 1984-2000. NCAA, 2007).
  • Sports participation is associated with less risk for body dissatisfaction and disordered eating among adolescent girls. It is also associated higher self-esteem. (Tiggemann, M. (2001). “The impact of adolescent girls’ life concerns and leisure activities on body dissatisfaction, disordered eating, and self-esteem.” The Journal of Genetic Psychology.)
  • Teenage female athletes are less than half as likely to get pregnant as female non-athletes (5% and 11%, respectively), more likely to report that they had never had sexual intercourse than female non-athletes (54% and 41%, respectively), and more likely to experience their first sexual intercourse later in adolescence than female non-athletes. (Sabo, D., Miller, K., Farrell, M., Barnes, G. & Melnick, M. (1998). The Women’s Sports Foundation Report: Sport and Teen Pregnancy. Women’s Sports Foundation.)
  • With enough strength training, women can lift, carry and march as well as men, according to Army researchers. They say 78% of female volunteers they tested could qualify for Army jobs considered very heavy, involving the occasional lifting of 100 pounds, after six months of training 90 minutes, five days a week. (Morning Call, Jan. 30, 1996.)
  • Between 2003-2006, girls comprised 49% of the high school population but only received 41% of all athletic participation opportunities. Girls received 1.25 million fewer participation opportunities than male high school athletes. (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2003-2004; National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), 2005-2006.)



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