Injury prevention is key for any athlete to keep themselves in the game and at their best. A knee injury, however, can be especially devastating to an athlete’s career. There is a challenge in pinpointing exactly what makes a female athlete more vulnerable to ACL injuries compared to their male counterparts so we turned to WSF’s research study, “Her Life Depends On It III” to investigate further.
As Fall starts to creep in and classes resume and work picks up, many of us begin to transition back indoors and become more sedentary. We all know the physical benefits of staying active but the less tangible impact on mental health is still incredibly important to be cognoscente of and to stay educated about. We dove into our Her Life Depends On It III research to provide you with some of the top line facts regarding mental health and how it can be improved through physical activity.
Did you know that despite the expansion of opportunities for women since Title IX’s passage, the number of women coaching women’s teams at the collegiate level has declined significantly since? In 1972, more than 90% of the coaches of women’s teams were female. Today, that figure has fallen to only 43%.
In 1968, the 22-year-old daughter of a General Mills line worker from Pontiac, Michigan, traveled to Mexico City to represent the United States in the Nineteenth Olympic Games. Her name was Micki King and although she had never represented her high school or university in her sport – diving – she was the overwhelming gold-medal favorite. An injury during the final competition kept her off the medal podium in ’68, but she was vindicated four years later in Munich, when she became Olympic champion in the three-meter springboard. Since her moment atop the medal podium in West Germany, Micki has remained a leader in women’s sports and a loyal friend to the Women’s Sports Foundation, most recently providing guidance on our newest research, Women in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the days ahead of our release of the eye-opening deep look at female athletes’ participation in London, we sat down with Micki to learn about her Olympic experience, how her sport stacks up in gender equity and why female leaders in the Olympic movement are critical to the success of every athlete.