Every year, millions of teenagers in the United States participate in team sports. Gallup research shows that more than 50 percent of teenagers are on a middle or high school sports team. But, what about the remaining 50 percent?
Sports offer so many benefits, from getting active to making lifelong teammate friends to achieving esteem-boosting personal milestones. Unfortunately, teen sports injuries tend to occur more frequently in girls. But why are teen girls more susceptible to sports injuries than teen boys?
By the age of 14, girls drop out of sports twice as often as boys. According to the Women's Sports Foundationfactors such as social stigma, lack of access, safety and transportation issues, costs and lack of positive role modelscan all contribute to the reasons why girls drop out of sports in their adolescent years. If these factors can be addressed, I believe that more girls will remain involved in sport and physical activity throughout their lives. Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA uses sport as a tool for social change by providing youth the opportunities to overcome barriers they face while growing up in challenging environments.
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Susie Neilson. Participation in team sports as a teen may help protect against the long-term mental health effects of childhood trauma. As a child, Molly Easterlin loved playing sports.
Researchers analyzed data from a sample of more than 14, high school seniors from throughcontrolling for key factors including sex, race, and socioeconomic status. Their psychological well-being was also stronger than non-athletes on measures including self-esteem, social support networks, and loneliness. Snyder, Ph. The study also found that black and Hispanic teens were less likely to play sports than white teens.
The sports girls chose the least were wrestling, lacrosse, golf and football. Overall, 61 percent of girls participated in sports, compared with 75 percent of boys. And 29 percent of girls participated in two or more sports, compared to 47 percent of boys.