Benefits - Why Sports Participation for Girls and Women: The Foundation Position


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Sport has been one of the most important socio-cultural learning experiences for boys and men for many years. Those same benefits should be afforded our daughters. It is important for all of us to know that:

  • High school girls who play sports are less likely to be involved in an unintended pregnancy; more likely to get better grades in school and more likely to graduate than girls who do not play sports.
  • Girls and women who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem and lower levels of depression.
  • Girls and women who play sports have a more positive body image and experience higher states of psychological well-being than girls and women who do not play sports.

Benefits - Why Sports Participation for Girls and Women: The Women’s Sports Foundation Position (PDF 727k)

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By Women's Sports Foundation


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The Women’s Sports Foundation’s position is that sporting organizations like the AIBA should responsibly produce research, evidence or other objective analysis to demonstrate the need for such restrictions, prior to mandating athletic apparel regulations which limit the apparel choices of athletes, as a matter of process.

Issues Related to Pregnancy & Athletic Participation

Policies concerning pregnancy and sport should protect both the health and rights of female athletes to participate in sports and physical activity.


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