Apparently research shows that girls who participate in sports have have higher self-esteem, lower incidence of depression and a more positive body image than non-athletes. But, I don’t need research to tell me what I’ve already seen in myself and my daughters since we’ve become an “athletic family”.
Just take one look at these faces and the effects of girls + sports is pretty clear.
And the benefits don’t stop there.
“Participation in sports decreases girls’ chances of becoming obese and developing heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast cancer…..Girls who play sports have higher grades, better test scores, and are less likely to drop out. They also have more opportunities to apply for athletic scholarships, which can help them attend college. Female athletes are also more likely to participate in traditionally male-dominated occupations, which are typically higher paying. In addition, more than four out of five executive businesswomen played sports growing up, and the vast majority reported that the lessons they learned on the playing field contributed to their success in business. By playing sports, girls win more than a game.” from the National Women’s Law Center.
Opportunities for girls to play sports at school have come a long way in the last few decades, but there is still progress to be made to ensure girls have equal chances to reap the benefits of sports through school athletic programs. Click HERE to find out more.