There is an international consensus that participation in physical activities can offer a great deal to individuals, communities and nations. Evidence suggests that from an early age, differences in gender-based attitudes towards and opportunities for sports and physical activities can have a significant influence on children’s participation. This may, in turn, affect later involvement in physically active lifestyles, and the social and health benefits that may result for them.
This report offers a summary of research into girls’ participation in sports and physical activities. It focuses upon the
- Benefits of Sports and Physical Activities;
- Patterns of Girls’ Participation in Sports and Physical Activities;
- Influences on Girls’ Participation;
- Examples of Innovative Practices;
To make the paper as useful as possible for readers from different backgrounds, and to keep the main paper of a manageable size, we have appended some additional information, including some suggestions for future research in the area of gender and physical activity, further reading, and details of relevant organisations.
Editor's comments - [ It is apparent that there is still scope (2005) for much more informed research within the area of gender and sports. The ‘Western’ focus of this discussion paper is a clear indication that further research needs to be generated from other areas of the world. The absence of women’s voices from, in particular, South America, Africa and Asia is relevant.
Research from these areas would provide a valuable contribution to the increasing amount of material already being generated within the ‘West’. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from In the text: Cryer (year)
Reference : Bailey, R. Wellard, I. Dismore, H. (2005) Girls' partipation in physical activities and sport: Benefits, patterns, influences and ways forward. Geneva: World Health Organisation
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