shape, socialize with their peers, develop physical skills and to have
However, despite the breadth of knowledge specific to girls' physical activity and the variety of positive outcomes that can accrue through participation, many barriers, stereotypes and gender inequities are firmly in place that limit girls, according to the report.
"Poverty substantially limits many girls' access to, and participation
in, physical activity and sport, especially for girls of color who are
overrepresented in lower socioeconomic groups. So while some girls are
physically active, many girls fail to meet minimal standards of physical
activity needed to accrue developmental and health benefits, or worse, they
are completely sedentary. There remains a great deal of work left to be
done," LaVoi said.
The report also found:
-- Girls' participation rates in all types of physical activities
consistently lag behind those of boys and girls' dropout rates are
-- Girls' experiences are shaped by the quality and expertise of the
adults who make decisions, manage, govern, deliver and coach physical
activity programming, many of whom have minimal -- if any -- formal
-- Outdated, stereotypical standards of femininity and masculinity
continue to influence the extent to which girls participate in or shun
-- Female athletes continue to be trivialized through the popular media's
widespread sexualization of women.
-- Traditional models of physical education organized around competition,
team sports, power, strength and aggression which focus on the "motor
elite" rather than skill development, disadvantage girls (and boys) who
are less skilled to begin with, which may contribute to a lack of
enjoyment and a shunning of lifelong participation in physical'/>"/>
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