“Because women are not small men.”
Research on the exercising female, recreation to elite, from puberty to post-menopause is growing. And while there is much to be learned we can take action now to remove barriers to participation and optimize health and performance of female athletes and exercisers. It is time we start talking!
The Adolescent Athlete
The adolescent female faces unique challenges in participation and elevation of athletic excellence. The development and/or pressure of the “athletic identity” can seriously impact continued participation in sport and the ability to develop healthfully. Young women face different patterns of injury, are more susceptible to over-training, and have increased rates of eating disorders. Combined these can result in higher levels of dropout from sport. Supporting the young athlete to understand and address these challenges can go a long way to keeping girls active for life.