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SHARP Center

The SHARP Center partnership between the Women’s Sports Foundation and the University of Michigan existed from 2010 until 2013.

SHARP, the Sport, Health and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls, was established in 2010 as a partnership between the Women’s Sports Foundation and U-M’s School of Kinesiology and the Institute for Research on Women & Gender. SHARP’s mission is to lead research that enhances the scope, experience, and sustainability of participation in sport, play, and movement for women and girls. Leveraging the research leadership of the University of Michigan with the policy and programming expertise of the Women’s Sports Foundation, findings from SHARP research better inform pubic engagement, advocacy, and implementation to enable more women and girls to be active, healthy, and successful.

SHARP’s Mission

The mission of SHARP is to lead research that enhances the scope, experience, and sustainability of participation in sport, play, and movement for women and girls.

Research Agenda

SHARP promotes rapid advances in the understanding of gender, exercise, sports (participation and leadership), consumer behavior, and women’s health by promoting interdisciplinary research and creating a new generation of researchers committed to issues surrounding women’s and girls’ physical and sports activities. The research foci of SHARP:

  • Olympic participation and leadership;
  • Title IX monitoring with regard to participation;
  • Healthy weight management across the lifespan;
  • Motivation and exercise adherence;
  • Youth sports participation;
  • Sport, physical activity, and American families;
  • Sport, health, and fitness marketing to women and girls;
  • Injuries and injury prevention;
  • Body image, effects of exercise/sport on the body;
  • Management/administrative structures;
  • Economic impact of sports participation;
  • Sport and urban girls

Title IX at 40 Conference

In May of 2012, the SHARP Center hosted a conference at the University of Michigan in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX.  Full recap and materials from the conference here.

Learn More

To learn more about the SHARP Center, please email us here.